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Claret, Clairet, n. Also: clarett, -eit, -it, -at, -ed, clairit, -at, cle(a)rett. [ME. clarett, -et (c 1400), OF. claret, clairet.] Claret. Also attrib. with wine. 1456 Hay II. 140/30.
Claret wyne, that is mare helesum till all complexioun
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxv. 55.
Fresche fragrant clairettis out of France
1517 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 172.
That na maner of taverner … sell na darrer wyne … na for viij d. the pynt of claret
1546 Ib. II. 120.
The clarett and quhyte wynis laitlie cum in the schip callit the Carvell of Flissin
1565 Prot. Bk. J. Scott 25 b.
In the samyn sellar … thre punscheonis of clared wyne
a1578 Pitsc. I. 337/1.
All kynd of drink, as … wyne, batht quhyte wyne and clairit, mallvesie [etc.]
1598–9 Misc. Spald. C. V. 70.
2 quartis allagant, … and 2 quartis clarett
1626 Edinb. Test. LIII. 286.
Four twnes … of quhyt & clairit frenche wyne
Quhyt and clarit wyne
1626 Black Bk. Taymouth 318.
Off clairat wyne, ii punschones
1680 Irvine Mun. II. 287.
Ane pyntt bruntt clearrett

b. Claret-cunnar, an expert taster of claret. c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxiii. 42.
Monsouris of France, gud clarat-cunnaris

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