Definition of varlet in English:



  • 1historical A man or boy acting as an attendant or servant.

    • ‘Even among those who rank, at least by economic criteria, as middle-class, the most proximate precedent for their dress style is that of medieval varlets.’
    attendant, retainer
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    1. 1.1A knight's page.
  • 2archaic A dishonest or unprincipled man.

    • ‘What varlet hath done such a blight upon our fair Empire?’
    rogue, rascal, scoundrel, good-for-nothing, villain, wretch, unprincipled person, rake, profligate, degenerate, debauchee, libertine
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Late Middle English: from Old French, variant of valet attendant (see valet). The sense rogue dates from the mid 16th century.