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claret

[klar-it] /ˈklær ɪt/
noun
1.
the red table wine produced in the Bordeaux region of France: originally it was light red or yellowish.
2.
a similar wine made elsewhere.
3.
Also called claret red. a deep purplish red.
4.
Slang. blood.
adjective
5.
deep purplish-red.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French claret, cleret, alteration, by suffix substitution, of Old French claré wine mixed with honey and herbs or spices < Medieval Latin clarātum, equivalent to Latin clār(us) clear + -ātus -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for claret

claret

/ˈklærət/
noun
1.
(mainly Brit) a red wine, esp one from the Bordeaux district of France
2.
  1. a purplish-red colour
  2. (as adjective): a claret carpet
Word Origin
C14: from Old French (vin) claret clear (wine), from Medieval Latin clārātum, from clārāre to make clear, from Latin clārusclear
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Word Origin and History for claret
n.

mid-15c., "light-colored wine," from Old French (vin) claret "clear (wine), light-colored red wine" (also "sweetened wine," a sense in English from late 14c.), from Latin clarus "clear" (see clear (adj.)). Narrowed English meaning "red wine of Bordeaux" (excluding burgundy) first attested 1700. Used in pugilistic slang for "blood" from c.1600.

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Slang definitions & phrases for claret

claret

noun

Blood

[1604+ Prizefight; fr the red color of claret wine]


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Encyclopedia Article for claret

any of numerous wines of the region surrounding the city of Bordeaux, France. Bordeaux has a long history in wine culture; like Burgundy and the Rhine region, it was known in Roman times. During the English occupation of Bordeaux, a charter was granted, first by Richard I and second by John in 1199, to the still-functioning jurade, a controlling body dating originally from the 12th century, which in its ceremonies still observes its medieval ritual and uses its traditional robes of the St. Emilion district for the supervision of wine making. Claret meant in those days a pale wine made by mixing reds and whites; the word claret is not used in modern French

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