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a female given name, form of Carmel.
Contemporary Examples

But Falco is more than this… Carmela is that rare beast—the modern, multi-faceted Mafioso’s consort.
Mob Wives of Hollywood April 21, 2011

I have to admit it made me feel kind of sad not hearing “Carmela!”
Edie Falco Comes Clean Kevin Sessums May 15, 2010

These five women, who clearly shop at the same places Carmela Soprano did, make the screeching strivers from New York look tame.
Why We Love to Hate Kate Diane Clehane June 7, 2009

She talks to Kevin Sessums about why she’s never married, her struggles with addiction, and why she misses Carmela.
Edie Falco Comes Clean Kevin Sessums May 15, 2010

Is there a character that was harder to shake when you went home, either Carmela from The Sopranos or Jackie?
Edie Falco on Nurse Jackie’s Tragic Relapse Kevin Fallon April 13, 2014

Historical Examples

That little woman you have, too, Carmela—she is a miracle for an Italian.
The Front Yard Constance Fenimore Woolson

Carmela was podgy, but she might lace or not just as she pleased.
Olive in Italy Moray Dalton

Carmela was the servant who had the general oversight of everything excepting the cooking.
The Front Yard Constance Fenimore Woolson

“I never know what will please you,” Carmela said as she sat down.
Olive in Italy Moray Dalton

Orazio flushed red and he seemed about to speak as Carmela rose from her seat, but the aunt interposed hurriedly.
Olive in Italy Moray Dalton


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