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varlet

[vahr-lit] /ˈvɑr lɪt/
noun, Archaic.
1.
a knavish person; rascal.
2.
  1. an attendant or servant.
  2. a page who serves a knight.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French; variant of valet
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British Dictionary definitions for varlet

varlet

/ˈvɑːlɪt/
noun (archaic)
1.
a menial servant
2.
a knight's page
3.
a rascal
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, variant of valletvalet
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Word Origin and History for varlet
n.

mid-15c., "servant, attendant of a knight," from Middle French varlet (14c.), variant of vaslet, originally "squire, young man," from Old French vassal (see vassal). The meaning "rascal, rogue" is 1540s.

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