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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 of claret
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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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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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