From Middle English harlot, from Old French harlot, herlot, arlot (“vagabond; tramp”), of obscure origin. Likely ultimately of Germanic origin, either from a derivation of *harjaz (“army; camp; warrior; military leader”) or from a diminutive of *karilaz (“man; fellow”). Compare English carlot.
harlot (plural harlots)
- To play the harlot; to practice lewdness.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)