What does scarlet mean?

Definitions for scarlet
ˈskɑr lɪtscar·let

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word scarlet.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scarlet, vermilion, orange redadjective

    a variable color that is vivid red but sometimes with an orange tinge

  2. red, reddish, ruddy, blood-red, carmine, cerise, cherry, cherry-red, crimson, ruby, ruby-red, scarletadjective

    of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies


  1. scarletnoun

    a scarlet-coloured cloth.

  2. scarletverb

    To dye or tinge with scarlet.

  3. scarletadjective

    Of a bright red colour.

  4. scarletadjective

    Sinful or whorish

    a scarlet woman

  5. Scarletnoun

    A female given name from English, a modern variant of Scarlett, or from the common noun scarlet.

    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.

  6. Etymology: escarlate, from scarlatum, from سقرلاط.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Scarletadjective

    Of the colour of scarlet; red deeply died.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I conjure thee,
    By her high forehead and her scarlet lip. William Shakespeare, Ro. and Jul.

    Thy ambition,
    Thou scarlet sin, robb’d this bewailing land
    Of noble Buckingham'. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    The Chinese, who are of an ill complexion, being olivaster, paint their cheeks scarlet. Francis Bacon.

    The scarlet honour of your peaceful gown. Dryden.

  2. SCARLETnoun

    A colour deeply red, but not shining; cloath dyed with a scarlet colour.

    Etymology: escarlate, French; scarlato, Ital.

    If we live thus tamely,
    To be thus jaded by a piece of scarlet,
    Farewel nobility. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    As a bull
    Amid’ the circus roars; provok’d from far
    By sight of scarlet and a sanguine war. Dryden.

    Would it not be insufferable for a learned professor, and that which his scarlet would blush at, to have his authority of forty years standing in an instant overturned. John Locke.


  1. scarlet

    Scarlet is a brilliant red color with a slight tinge of orange. It is often associated with things that are vivid, intense, or showy. The term originates from a type of luxury cloth known for its bright red color, commonly used in medieval times.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scarletnoun

    a deep bright red tinged with orange or yellow, -- of many tints and shades; a vivid or bright red color

  2. Scarletnoun

    cloth of a scarlet color

  3. Scarletadjective

    of the color called scarlet; as, a scarlet cloth or thread

  4. Scarletverb

    to dye or tinge with scarlet

  5. Etymology: [OE. scarlat, scarlet, OF. escarlate, F. carlate (cf. Pr. escarlat, escarlata, Sp. & Pg. escarlata, It. scarlatto, LL. scarlatum), from Per. sakirlt.]


  1. Scarlet

    Scarlet is a bright red color with a hue that is somewhat toward orange and is redder than vermilion. It is a pure chroma on the color wheel one-fourth of the way between red and orange. Scarlet is traditionally the color of flame, or fire. It may also symbolize the color of the blood of a living person, like crimson, although the actual color of blood is closer to crimson than scarlet. An early recorded use of scarlet as a color name in the English language dates to 1250.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scarlet

    skär′let, n. a bright-red colour: scarlet cloth.—adj. of the colour called scarlet: dressed in scarlet.—v.t. to redden.—ns. Scar′let-ad′miral, the red-admiral, a butterfly; Scar′let-bean, the scarlet-runner; Scar′let-fē′ver, a contagious febrile disease (see Scarlatina); Scar′let-hat, a cardinal's hat; Scar′let-light′ning, the scarlet lychnis: the red valerian; Scar′let-run′ner, a bean with scarlet flowers which runs up any support; Scar′let-snake, a bright-red harmless snake of the southern states of the American Union; Scar′let-tī′ger, a British moth; Scar′let-wom′an, the woman referred to in Rev. xvii. 4, 5—Pagan Rome, Papal Rome, or a personification of the World in its anti-Christian sense. [O. Fr. escarlate (Fr. écarlate), through Low L. scarlatum—Pers. saqalāt, scarlet cloth.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Scarlet

    From the Persian sakarlat, “bright red.”

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Scarlet is ranked #85049 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Scarlet surname appeared 220 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Scarlet.

    72.7% or 160 total occurrences were White.
    21.8% or 48 total occurrences were Black.
    3.1% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

Anagrams for scarlet »

  1. cartels

  2. clarets

  3. sclater

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scarlet in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scarlet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of scarlet in a Sentence

  1. Hilaire Belloc:

    When I am dead, I hope it is said, 'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read'.

  2. Beth Tarini:

    People read as children that scarlet fever makes you go blind, parents look concerned ... so I have to debunk it in the office.

  3. Belle Knox:

    Scarlet Letter with pride.

  4. Matt Pierce:

    They'll be reluctant to because they think it will put a scarlet letter on them and cause problems.

  5. Beth Tarini:

    She never says scarlet fever. She never says rash.

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