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Charles

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English

Etymology

From the French Charles, from the German Karl, from the Germanic root karal, meaning person, free man; compare the English word churl and the German Kerl.

Proper noun

Singular
Charles

Plural
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Charles

  1. A male given name

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  • 1844 Edgar Allan Poe: Thou Art the Man:
    - - - there never was any person named Charles who was not an open, manly, honest, good-natured, and frank-hearted fellow, with a rich, clear, voice, that did you good to hear it, and an eye that looked at you always straight at the face, as much as to say: "I have a clear conscience myself, am afraid of no man, and am altogether above doing a mean action." And thus all the hearty, careless,'walking gentlemen' of the stage are very certain to be called Charles.
    ( Note: Charles turns out to be the villain of this story.)
  • 1988 Ed McBain: The House That Jack Built: page 212:
    - - - spoke the way the English do, funny, you know? His name was Roger, I think. Or Nigel. Something like that."
    "How about Charles?"
    "Charles? Well, yes, it could have been. Charles does sound English, doesn't it? Their prince is named Charles, isn't he?"

French

Proper noun

Charles m.

  1. A male given name, cognate to English Charles

Swedish

Proper noun

Charles

  1. A male given name borrowed from English and French.

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