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

  • n. The satellite of Jupiter that is 14th in distance from the planet.


Greek Karmē, mother by Zeus of Britomartis, a Cretan goddess.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • “It’s the tenth anniversary of Sant Pau,” he says one day as he prepares to leave, referring to Carme Ruscalleda’s three-star restaurant an hour down the coast.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • The "Carme" spoken of in the above letter form a long poem on modern astronomy, entitled "I Cieli," (published by Vallardi.

    Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville

  • Over supper, while Nuria was upstairs, having taken the children to bed, and there was a strained silence at the table, Carme mentioned that she thought she might drive into Ciutadella later to see the festival.

    The Empty Family

  • “I think Carme is happy where she is,” Nuria said.

    The Empty Family

  • While earlier at the convent, and then when they had made their way lazily to a café to have coffee, Carme had felt exhausted, almost irritated, and desperate to lie down anywhere and get some sleep, now she was filled with energy again and found herself shouting with the others as the horses and riders approached.

    The Empty Family

  • Carme waited for Nuria to ask her something, but then realized that Nuria intended to say nothing.

    The Empty Family

  • Carme felt suddenly singled out as if her presence, or politics itself, had cast a brief shadow over the lives of these people, the meal, the festival.

    The Empty Family

  • “I think we should get the roast chickens before they grow cold,” Carme said.

    The Empty Family

  • Later, when Nuria appeared and said that she was going into the village to collect some cooked chickens she had ordered the day before, Carme said she would go with her in the dusty car, their father having taken the new one.

    The Empty Family

  • And then her grandmother had overseen everything, had ensured that Carme did not look either too young or too sophisticated, and made her promise that she would have just one or two pomadas, no more, and that she would stay close to Nuria, and that she would keep away from the boys who ran after the horses.

    The Empty Family


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