Scarlet-letter meaning

The definition of a scarlet letter is an identifying mark or brand placed on someone who has committed adultery.

An example of a scarlet letter is the Puritan woman in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 book The Scarlet Letter who cheated on her husband and had to wear a red A.

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(historical) A red letter A worn by a person convicted of adultery.
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(historical) A letter A in scarlet cloth required to be worn by those convicted of adultery in 17th-century Puritan New England.
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