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[kahr-muh n; Spanish kahr-men] /ˈkɑr mən; Spanish ˈkɑr mɛn/
a male or female given name: from a Latin word meaning “song.”.


[kahr-muh n; French kar-men] /ˈkɑr mən; French karˈmɛn/
an opera (1875) by Georges Bizet.


[kahr-muh n] /ˈkɑr mən/
noun, plural carmen.
one of the crew of a streetcar or the like, as the motorman.
Origin of carman
1570-80, in sense “person driving a cart”; car1 + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Upon the Sunday of Pedro's great bullfight, Carmen awoke early.

    The Little Spanish Dancer Madeline Brandeis
  • Mlle. Guercia was a fascinating Carmen, and what is any Carmen if not fascinating?

  • She would get Carmen to hypothecate her own interest in this new company, if necessary.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • They probably said it by Carmen's orders, but I soon found out they were lying.

    Carmen Prosper Merimee
  • "I think I have a right to know what my husband's last wishes were," Carmen answered, firmly.

    The Golden House Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for Carmen


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
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Word Origin and History for Carmen

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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Carmen in Culture

Carmen definition

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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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