Mrs. Buller cooked a braised saddle of veal and delicious it was too served with a rich gravy flavored with claret.
claret, now synonymous with fine red Bordeaux, derives from the Latin word for “clear” and “pale-colored.”
claret for boys, port for men, and brandy for heroes, according to Dr. Johnson, and Hitch went for the heroic.
It was something to swagger about when they were together after their second bottle of claret.
claret for youth, say I, sack for maturity, and strong waters in old age.
In days of old, in the century before last, captains were fined pints and magnums of claret for certain delinquencies.
And if they're thirsty, isn't there claret punch in a milk can?
Clean a black bass of four pounds, put it in the fish-kettle to boil, adding half a bottle of claret.
No claret ever tastes so good as the decanter he circulates himself.
A small glass of either port, sherry, or claret is a very good addition.
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.
[1604+ Prizefight; fr the red color of claret wine]