Carmen



Ciudad del Carmen.
a male or female given name: from a Latin word meaning “song.”.
an opera (1875) by Georges Bizet.
one of the crew of a streetcar or the like, as the motorman.
Contemporary Examples

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Jorge Barahona married divorcee Carmen Armesto in Coral Gables, Florida, in 1996.
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Among the winners from episode three: Kyle Grooms, Carmen Lynch, and Brian McKim.
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Advocates of austerity cited a powerful study by two acclaimed economists, Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff.
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The contest for city attorney will feature the incumbent, Carmen Trutanich, against assemblyman and former councilman Mike Feuer.
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Historical Examples

Upon the Sunday of Pedro’s great bullfight, Carmen awoke early.
The Little Spanish Dancer Madeline Brandeis

Cigarette, shawl and manner suddenly reminded him of Carmen.
The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna

She would get Carmen to hypothecate her own interest in this new company, if necessary.
Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking

Carmen, how often have I told you that I do not like these reminiscences?
The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2) Alexandre Dumas pre

“I think I have a right to know what my husband’s last wishes were,” Carmen answered, firmly.
The Golden House Charles Dudley Warner

noun (pl) -men
a man who drives a car or cart; carter
a man whose business is the transport of goods; haulier
(US & Canadian) a tram driver
n.

French opera by Georges Bizet (1838-1875), premiered in Paris March 3, 1875. As a proper name, it can represent (especially in Italian and Spanish) a diminutive of Carmel/Carmelo or Latin carmen “song, poem, incantation, oracle” (see charm (n.)).

One of the most popular of operas, composed by Georges Bizet, and first produced in the late nineteenth century. The title character is known for manipulating men. One of her victims, a Spanish soldier, arranges for her to escape from jail, but she later abandons him for a bullfighter, and he stabs her. The pieces “Habanera” and “Toreador Song” are well-known excerpts from Carmen.

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