varlet

varlet

[vahr-lit]
noun Archaic.
1.
a knavish person; rascal.
2.
a.
an attendant or servant.
b.
a page who serves a knight.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French; variant of valet

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varlet (ˈvɑːlɪt)
 
n
1.  a menial servant
2.  a knight's page
3.  a rascal
 
[C15: from Old French, variant of valletvalet]

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varlet
1456, "servant, attendant of a knight," from M.Fr. varlet (14c.), variant of vaslet, originally "squire, young man," from O.Fr. vassal (see vassal). The meaning "rascal, rogue" is 1550.
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