from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A strong to vivid red or reddish orange.
- n. Scarlet-colored clothing or cloth.
- adj. Of a strong to vivid red or reddish orange.
- adj. Flagrantly immoral or unchaste: scarlet thoughts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bright red, slightly orange colour.
- n. a scarlet-coloured cloth.
- adj. Of a bright red colour.
- adj. Sinful or whorish.
- v. To dye or tinge with scarlet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A deep bright red tinged with orange or yellow, -- of many tints and shades; a vivid or bright red color.
- n. Cloth of a scarlet color.
- adj. Of the color called scarlet.
- transitive v. To dye or tinge with scarlet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A highly chromatic and brilliant red color, inclining toward orange.
- n. One of a group of coal-tar colors used for dyeing wool and silk, and to a certain extent for the manufacture of pigments.
- n. Cloth of a scarlet color; a scarlet robe or dress.
- Of the color scarlet; bright-red.
- Dressed in scarlet; wearing scarlet.
- The red valerian, Centranthus ruber.
- To make scarlet or bright-red; redden.
- To clothe in scarlet.
- n. In archery, the second or next to the innermost circle of the target, which is colored red. See red, 7.
- n. The rank, dignity, or office of a cardinal: so called from the official color of his robes.
- n. A name by which benzopurpurin 4B is sometimes known.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies
- n. a variable color that is vivid red but sometimes with an orange tinge
Middle English, scarlet cloth, scarlet, from Old French escarlate, from Medieval Latin scarlata, scarlet cloth, from Persian saqirlāt, rich cloth, scarlet cloth, variant of siqillāt, from Arabic, perhaps from Medieval Greek *sigillatos, from Latin sigillātus, decorated with raised figures, from sigilla, little figures, pl. of sigillum, sigil; see sigil.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French escarlate ("a type of cloth"), from Medieval Latin scarlatum ("scarlet cloth"), from Persian سقرلات (saqerlât, "a warm woollen cloth"). (Wiktionary)