- varlet:  Varlet and valet  are doublets – they come from the same ultimate source. This was Vulgar Latin *vassus, a borrowing from Old Celtic *wasso- ‘young man, squire’. From *vassus were derived two medieval Latin diminutive forms: vassallus, which has given English vassal , and *vassellitus. This passed into Old French as vaslet, which diversified into valet (source of English valet) and varlet (source of English varlet).
Both to begin with retained their original connotations of a ‘young man in service to a knight’, and hence by extension any ‘feudal retainer or servant’, but while valet still denotes a ‘servant’, varlet went down in the world in the 16th century to ‘knave’.
=> valet, vassal
- varlet (n.)
- mid-15c., "servant, attendant of a knight," from Middle French varlet (14c.), variant of vaslet, originally "squire, young man," from Old French vassal (see vassal). The meaning "rascal, rogue" is 1540s.
- 1. An ape's an ape , a varlet's a varlet, though they be clad in silk or scarlet.
- 尽管衣绸穿红,猿猴还是猿猴, 侍从还是侍从.
- 2. An ape an ape, a varlet's a varlet, though they be clad in silk or scarlet.
- 尽管衣绸穿红, 猿猴仍是猿猴, 侍从仍是侍从.
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