claret red

claret

[klar-it]
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; 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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claret (ˈklærət)
 
n
1.  chiefly (Brit) a red wine, esp one from the Bordeaux district of France
2.  a.  a purplish-red colour
 b.  (as adjective): a claret carpet
 
[C14: from Old French (vin) claret clear (wine), from Medieval Latin clārātum, from clārāre to make clear, from Latin clārusclear]

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claret
late 14c., "light-colored wine," from O.Fr. (vin) claret "clear (wine), light-colored red wine," from L. clarus "clear." Meaning "red wine of Bordeaux" first attested 1700.
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