Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Charles Prince of Wales. Born 1948. The eldest son of Elizabeth II and heir to the British throne. He was invested as Prince of Wales in 1969.
  • Charles, Jacques Alexandre César 1746-1823. French physicist and inventor who formulated Charles's law (1787) and was the first to use hydrogen in balloons (1783).
  • Charles, Ray 1930-2004. American musician and composer whose songs, such as "Don't Change on Me,” were rooted in gospel music, blues, and jazz.

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  • proper n. A male given name.
  • proper n. A patronymic surname.

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  • n. as Charles II he was Holy Roman Emperor and as Charles I he was king of France (823-877)
  • n. King of England and Scotland and Ireland during the Restoration (1630-1685)
  • n. King of France from 1560 to 1574 whose reign was dominated by his mother Catherine de Medicis (1550-1574)
  • n. King of France who began his reign with most of northern France under English control; after the intervention of Jeanne d'Arc the French were able to defeat the English and end the Hundred Years' War (1403-1461)
  • n. the eldest son of Elizabeth II and heir to the English throne (born in 1948)
  • n. a river in eastern Massachusetts that empties into Boston Harbor and that separates Cambridge from Boston
  • n. French physicist and author of Charles's law which anticipated Gay-Lussac's law (1746-1823)
  • n. son of James I who was King of England and Scotland and Ireland; was deposed and executed by Oliver Cromwell (1600-1649)
  • n. king of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor; conqueror of the Lombards and Saxons (742-814)

Etymologies

From the French Charles, from the Old High German Karl, from the Proto-Germanic *karlaz (“person, free man”); compare the English word churl and the German Kerl. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • PATRICIA SHANNON, CHARLES KURALT'S COMPANION: Charles asked me out to dinner, and he came to the house and he had roses with him.

    CNN Transcript - Larry King Live: Charles Kuralt's Longtime Companion Speaks Out - February 14, 2001

  • CHARLES I, KING, 1625-1649 A.D. The political and religious difficulties which marked the reign of James I did not disappear when his son, Charles I, came to the throne.

    Early European History

  • SPAIN UND.R PHILIP II, 1556-1598 A.D. ABD.CATION OF CHARLES V, 1555-1556 A.D. In 1555 A.D., the year of the Peace of Augsburg, [25] Charles V determined to abdicate his many crowns and seek the repose of a monastery.

    Early European History

  • (I haven't the slightest doubt that I was named Charles because my good mother thought I looked something like Vandyke's _Charles I_, though at the time of my baptism I wore no beard whatever.)

    Man on the Box

  • Letters from Charles at Oxford to Queen Henrietta Maria in France, the first dated Jan. 4, 1645-6 and the last April 22, 1646, forming pp. 1-37 of a series of the King's Letters edited by the late Mr. John Bruce for the Camden Society (1856) under the title of "_Charles I. in_ 1646."

    The Life of John Milton Volume 3 1643-1649

  • [Illustration: CHARLES CROSSING THE BROOK.] "Sure enough, Charles had slipped and fallen into the stream! and his companions, so frightened that they hardly knew what they did, took to their heels, and ran as fast as they could toward home!"

    Wreaths of Friendship A Gift for the Young

  • CHARLES HONORED: Charles was awarded the Naismith Trophy, being selected over Moore (her teammate and last year's recipient), Stanford's Jayne Appel and Nebraska's Kelsey Griffin.

    Latest News

  • NOTE TO CHARLES JOHNSON: Charles, I must say I was disappointed but not entirely surprised to see you complete your descent into the realm of Andrew Sullivan Lite, this monring.

    BitsBlog

  • TE ORSON CHARLES (6-2, 225, Tampa, FL Plant): Florida has faded for Charles, who became notorious in recruiting circles after accidently breaking Florida†™ s 2006 National Championship trophy at the Orange & Blue game.

    GatorCountry.com - Latest Headlines

  • PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES CHARLES "CHUCK" YANCURA AS MEMBER OF THE ADVISORY COUNCIL OF THE BORDER ENVIRONMENT COOPERATION COMMISSION President Clinton today announced his intent to appoint Charles

    Yancura Named To Border Environment Cooperation Commission

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