scarlet letter
noun Etymology: from such a letter in the novel The Scarlet Letter (1850) by Nathaniel Hawthorne Date: 1850 a scarlet A worn as a punitive mark of adultery

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  • scarlet letter — ☆ scarlet letter n. [< the novel The Scarlet Letter (1850) by Nathaniel Hawthorne] a scarlet letter A formerly worn by a person convicted of adultery …   English World dictionary

  • scarlet letter — noun the letter A in red; Puritans required adulterers to wear it • Hypernyms: ↑emblem, ↑allegory * * * noun Etymology: from the novel The Scarlet Letter (1850) by Nathaniel Hawthorne died 1864 American novelist : a scarlet A worn as a punitive… …   Useful english dictionary

  • scarlet letter —  Symbol of shame. The term comes from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.  ► “Executives at Wal Mart Stores Inc. are wearing something new on their lapel these days: a quarter . . . representing the retailer’s dismal fourth quarter as a… …   American business jargon

  • scarlet letter — a scarlet letter A, formerly worn by one convicted of adultery. [1840 50, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • scarlet letter — scar′let let′ter n. a scarlet letter “A,” formerly worn by one convicted of adultery • Etymology: 1850, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • scarlet letter — /skalət ˈlɛtə/ (say skahluht letuh) noun a scarlet letter A , formerly worn especially in Puritan communities by one convicted of adultery …   Australian English dictionary

  • scarlet letter — noun a red letter A required to be worn by adulterers in 17th century Puritan New England …   Wiktionary

  • Scarlet Letter, The — a novel (1850) by Nathaniel Hawthorne. * * * …   Universalium

  • Scarlet Letter, The — a novel (1850) by Nathaniel Hawthorne …   Useful english dictionary

  • The Scarlet Letter — infobox Book | name = The Scarlet Letter title orig = translator = image caption = Title page, first edition of The Scarlet Letter , 1850 author = Nathaniel Hawthorne illustrator = series = genre = Novel publisher = Ticknor, Reed Fields pub date …   Wikipedia

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