What does scarlet mean?

Definitions for scarlet
ˈskɑr lɪtscar·let

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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.”

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 may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.

  2. Matt Pierce:

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

  3. Scarlett Johansson:

    We haven't really been able to explore the depth of the character behind the superhero - that's what makes characters interesting, it's nice to see the introduction to Scarlet Witch, and I know that there will be more to come.

  4. 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.

  5. Alfred Martin:

    Queerness generally, but Black queerness specifically, still functions as this kind of scarlet letter for many folks who want to work within the media and culture industries.

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