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1. An attendant or servant.
2. A knight's page.
3. A rascal; a knave.

[Middle English, from Old French, variant of vaslet; see valet.]


1. (Historical Terms) a menial servant
2. (Historical Terms) a knight's page
3. (Historical Terms) a rascal
[C15: from Old French, variant of vallet valet]


(ˈvɑr lɪt)

n. Archaic.
1. rascal.
a. an attendant or servant.
b. a page who serves a knight.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French; variant of valet]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.varlet - a deceitful and unreliable scoundrelvarlet - a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
scoundrel, villain - a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
2.varlet - in medieval times a youth acting as a knight's attendant as the first stage in training for knighthoodvarlet - in medieval times a youth acting as a knight's attendant as the first stage in training for knighthood
attendant, attender, tender - someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another


n (obs, = page) → Knappe m; (= rascal)Schurke m, → Halunke m
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If Webb wants faith and honesty in an Indian, let him bring out the tribes of the Delawares, and send these greedy and lying Mohawks and Oneidas, with their six nations of varlets, where in nature they belong, among the French
Stripped of the cunning artifices of the tailor, and standing forth in the garb of Eden--what a sorry, set of round-shouldered, spindle-shanked, crane-necked varlets would civilized men appear
Fair ladies, brave knights, churls, varlets, squires, scurvy knaves, men-at-arms, malapert rogues--all were merry.
Many and many a party of young ladies and gentlemen had their state gondolas handsomely decorated, and ate supper on board, bringing their swallow-tailed, white- cravatted varlets to wait upon them, and having their tables tricked out as if for a bridal supper.
Two russet-clad varlets, with loud halloo and cracking whips, walked thigh-deep amid the swarm, guiding, controlling, and urging.
Varlets in green jerkins brandished hunting knives and raised on high tankards of foaming beer.
See him contented, however, thou stubborn varlet,'' said the Disinherited Knight.
And yet I have seen the moral of my own behaviour very frequent in England since my return; where a little contemptible varlet, without the least title to birth, person, wit, or common sense, shall presume to look with importance, and put himself upon a foot with the greatest persons of the kingdom.