• WordNet 3.6
    • adj scarlet 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 scarlet a variable color that is vivid red but sometimes with an orange tinge
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Scarlet Oak Scarlet Oak
The Scarlet Pimpernel to the Rescue painting The Scarlet Pimpernel to the Rescue painting

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The scarlet tanager, a songbird native to Illinois, can eat as many as 2,100 gypsy-moth caterpillars in one hour
    • n Scarlet A deep bright red tinged with orange or yellow, -- of many tints and shades; a vivid or bright red color.
    • Scarlet Cloth of a scarlet color.
    • a Scarlet Of the color called scarlet; as, a scarlet cloth or thread.
    • v. t Scarlet To dye or tinge with scarlet. "The ashy paleness of my cheek
      Is scarleted in ruddy flakes of wrath."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's brilliant detective, arrived on the mystery scene in the late nineteenth century in "A Study in Scarlet" (1887).
    • n scarlet A highly chromatic and brilliant red color, inclining toward orange. The color of red iodide of mercury is a typical example of it. A color more orange than red lead or as little orange as Chinese vermilion is not called scarlet.
    • n scarlet One of a group of coal-tar colors used for dyeing wool and silk, and to a certain extent for the manufacture of pigments. They are complex in composition, and belong to the oxy-azo group. They are acid colors and need no mordant, are quite fast to light, and have largely displaced cochineal in dyeing. They vary in shade from yellow through orange to scarlet, crimson, and brown.
    • n scarlet Cloth of a scarlet color; a scarlet robe or dress.
    • scarlet Of the color scarlet; bright-red.
    • scarlet Dressed in scarlet; wearing scarlet.
    • scarlet The red valerian, Centranthus ruber.
    • scarlet To make scarlet or bright-red; redden.
    • scarlet To clothe in scarlet.
    • n scarlet In archery, the second or next to the innermost circle of the target, which is colored red. See red, 7.
    • n scarlet The rank, dignity, or office of a cardinal: so called from the official color of his robes.
    • n scarlet A name by which benzopurpurin 4B is sometimes known.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is a flower called the Scarlet Pimpernel that can forecast the weather. If the flower is closed up, rain is coming and if it is opened up, the day will be sunny. It is a.k.a 'the poor man's weatherglass'
    • n Scarlet skär′let a bright-red colour: scarlet cloth
    • adj Scarlet of the colour called scarlet: dressed in scarlet
    • v.t Scarlet to redden
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  • Hilaire Belloc
    “When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.”


Scarlet woman - This idiom is used as a pejorative term for a sexually promiscuous woman, especially an adulteress.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. scarlat, scarlet, OF. escarlate, F. écarlate,cf. Pr. escarlat, escarlata, Sp. & Pg. escarlata, It. scarlatto, LL. scarlatum,), from Per. sakirlāt,


In literature:

The bright yellow and the rich scarlet are no more to be seen.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
And they've scarlet fever in the house.
"The Governess" by Julie M. Lippmann
Margaret cut her wedding-cake, and the piece with the ring fell to Dolly's cousin, who turned scarlet, which brought out a general laugh.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
It is also used with cochineal for scarlet on wool in the one bath method.
"Vegetable Dyes" by Ethel M. Mairet
Her face was scarlet and two tears were creeping down her checks.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
The Turcos grinned under their scarlet head-dresses.
"Lorraine" by Robert W. Chambers
But Bob Scarlet proved to be a very difficult person to get near to.
"The Admiral's Caravan" by Charles E. Carryl
He scrubbed his neck and ears till they were scarlet.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
In his scarlet cloak he looked like a flash of fire.
"Viking Tales" by Jennie Hall
The day had begun sombrely in gray cloud and mist, but it ended in a pomp of scarlet and gold.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Poor Peggy flushed scarlet.
"Peggy" by Laura E. Richards
Its fruits are very small scarlet berries.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The scarlet color of the rash disappears under the pressure of the finger, but reappears immediately on the latter being removed.
"Hydriatic treatment of Scarlet Fever in its Different Forms" by Charles Munde
The face that I was looking for was a face that would have gone well enough too with a scarlet coat, for it was a scarlet face in itself.
"Marjorie" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
He was all in scarlet, with a long feather sticking straight up from a scarlet cap.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
It is a popular mistake that the latter is a mild type of scarlet fever.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)" by Various
The scarlet geranium here grows six and eight feet high, producing with its brilliant bloom a dazzling effect.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
Turning squarely around, she looked keenly at the scarlet, lovely face.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
These men were richly dressed, their scarlet capes billowing as they rode toward him.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
I hope Jonathan'll like scarlet.
"Hepsey Burke" by Frank Noyes Westcott

In poetry:

My woman waits by the hearth, I say,
And what is a scarlet woman to you?
Her sins are scarlet if you will,
Her lips are hardly of that hue,
"November" by John Crowe Ransom
"Seize him, seize him!" and now they appear
The Abbot and foresters three.
"'Twas I," cried Will Scarlet, "that killed the deer."
Says Robin, "Now let not a man come near,
Or he's dead as dead can be."
"Robin Hood's Flight" by James Henry Leigh Hunt
How blissful our thoughts when the wild autumn came,
And the forests with scarlet and gold were aflame;
Yet how heavy my heart when I first felt the fear
That my starry-eyed Laeta would fade with the year!
"Laeta; A Lament" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
O Darkness ! perhaps soon
Here in the deathless Path of thy summer moon,
I shall lie breathless. Though the shadow of death is blue,
Smile, thou immortal! And bear my last sigh through Dawn's scarlet portal.
"Song: Behind Black Woods" by Adam Gottlob Oehlenschlaeger
Ah, the ship is bringing us dreams come true,
And hopes that are all dew-kissed;
It is bringing us days that are all aglow
With scarlet and amethyst; . . .
Bringing us faith to find our way
Through a world that is wrapped in mist.
"From A City Window" by Margaret Elizabeth Sangster
How oft her lips had softly pressed his dimpled infant cheek,
How oft her hand in love caressed the sinless baby feet.
Then, strangers, pause and listen well; so might your own have been,
But Christ can freely pardon all, though scarlet be his sin.
"Some Mother's Boy" by Mary Alice Walton

In news:

Savon Huggins returns this week for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights after suffering a back injury a few weeks ago against Howard.
A felony conviction is like a scarlet letter for many inmates being released from jail.
The scarlet nuts will soon show up in markets.
Steve Rene #30 of the Syracuse Orange is upended by Nick DePaola #43 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
The Scarlet Knights managed to straightened things up and beat the Gaels 81-73 on Saturday night at the Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival.
Scarlet lips bring silver screen glamour to any occasion .
Rutgers Scarlet Knights officially off to the Big Ten.
It's the best of times and it's the worst of times for the Scarlet Ending.
Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger Rutgers coach Fred Hill could be on the way out soon, as a result of outbursts made at a recent Scarlet Knights baseball game.
I recently saw a really neat holly called Scarlet's Peak in a local nursery.
Brian Regan Talks to Scarlet.
Pittsburgh Panthers at Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
Princeton Tigers vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
He fired a 3-over par 73 in the Division II boys district golf tournament and qualified for the state tournament Oct 12-13 at The Ohio State University Scarlet Golf Course.
Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her.