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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
References in classic literature ?
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!"
Besides, though the Delaware tongue is the same as a book to the Iroquois, the cunning varlets are quick enough at understanding the reason of a wolf's howl."
Of course they contracted that the varlets who dragged us up should not mention bucksheesh once.
"Nay, thou naughty varlet," quoth the Sheriff, turning his head and looking right grimly upon Will Stutely, "thou shalt have no sword but shall die a mean death, as beseemeth a vile thief like thee."
Bets increase in amount, one loss only serves to lead to a greater, until in the course of a single night's gambling, the richest chief may become the poorest varlet in the camp.
There was one, indeed, Sir Peter, who smote out like a true man; but, unless he is belied, he did but clip a varlet's ear, which was no very knightly deed.