Definitions for varletˈvɑr lɪt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an attendant or servant. a page who serves a knight.
Origin of varlet:
1425–75; late ME < MF; var. of valet
rogue, knave, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag, varlet(noun)
a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
in medieval times a youth acting as a knight's attendant as the first stage in training for knighthood
A servant or attendant.
Specifically, a youth acting as a knight's attendant at the beginning of his training for knighthood.
A rogue or scoundrel.
Origin: From varlet. Compare valet.
a servant, especially to a knight; an attendant; a valet; a footman
hence, a low fellow; a scoundrel; a rascal; as, an impudent varlet
in a pack of playing cards, the court card now called the knave, or jack