1 historical A man or boy acting as an attendant or servant.
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- Even among those who rank, at least by economic criteria, as middle-class, the most proximate precedent for their dress style is that of medieval varlets.
late Middle English: from Old French, variant of valet 'attendant' (see valet). The sense 'rogue' dates from the mid 16th century.
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- I will go and fright the varletry with my presence, and secure, I trust, a horse for Your Majesty, and one for myself.
- The modern magazine reader is a member of the new bourgeois varletry, the monied class that makes the old nouveau riche look like aristocracy.
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