• (GA) IPA: /ˈskɑɹlɪt/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈskɑːlɪt/
  • (AU) IPA: /ˈskɐːlət/

scarlet (plural scarlets)

  1. A brilliant red colour tinged with orange.
  2. Cloth of a scarlet color.
    • Bible, Proverbs xxxi. 21
      All her household are clothed with scarlet.
Synonyms Translations Translations Adjective


  1. Of a bright red colour.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter V, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
  2. Sinful or whorish.
    a scarlet woman
  3. (Ireland) Tragic or disappointing.
Translations Verb

scarlet (scarlets, present participle scarleting; past and past participle scarleted)

  1. To dye or tinge with scarlet.
    • The ashy paleness of my cheek / Is scarleted in ruddy flakes of wrath.

Proper noun
  1. A female given name, a modern variant of Scarlett, or from the common noun scarlet.
    • 1979 Joseph Hansen, Skinflick, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, ISBN 0030576415, page 96:
      It's not just Ribbons either. It's - get ready for this - Scarlet Ribbons. From an old Harry Belafonte record my mom had when she was about ten or something. When she grew up she was going to have a little girl and call her Scarlet Ribbons.

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