From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Varlet \Var"let\, n. [OF. varlet, vaslet, vallet, servant, young
   man, young noble, dim. of vassal. See Vassal, and cf.
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   1. A servant, especially to a knight; an attendant; a valet;
      a footman. [Obs.] --Spenser. Tusser.
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   2. Hence, a low fellow; a scoundrel; a rascal; as, an
      impudent varlet.
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            What a brazen-faced varlet art thou ! --Shak.
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   3. In a pack of playing cards, the court card now called the
      knave, or jack. [Obs.]
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