- a vigorous, rhythmic ballroom dance popular in the 1920s.
- to dance the Charleston.
Origin of Charleston1
- a seaport in SE South Carolina.
- a city in and the capital of West Virginia, in the W part.
- a city in E central Illinois.
- a state in the E United States. 24,181 sq. mi. (62,629 sq. km). Capital: Charleston. Abbreviation: WV (for use with zip code), W.Va.
Examples from the Web for charleston
“If Charleston harbor needs improvement, let the commerce of Charleston bear the burden,” he said.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern
January 2, 2015
When the high court ruled in Brown, the Charleston circuit court, of course, reversed itself.
So Graham, Scott, and Sanford could have found a way to make it to Charleston if it really mattered to them.
As a college student, I was lucky enough to visit Charleston on a tour of Virginia Woolf related sites.House of Cads: Growing Up Amid the Weirdness of Bloomsbury
April 10, 2014
Soon after, government officials told residents of Charleston, West Virginia, and surrounding areas to stop using tap water.West Virginia Is Just The Beginning For Chemical Spill Disasters
January 13, 2014
On the 11th Feb. 1780, they landed about thirty miles from Charleston.
After that I wish to see you as soon as possible in Charleston.
We had an ordinary run to Charleston, and began to prepare for the reception of our cargo.
This vessel belonged to Charleston, and it was intended she should return to her own port.
We were discharging sugar at Charleston, in very heavy casks.
- a fast rhythmic dance of the 1920s, characterized by kicking and by twisting of the legs from the knee down
- a city in central West Virginia: the state capital. Pop: 51 394 (2003 est)
- a port in SE South Carolina, on the Atlantic: scene of the first action in the Civil War. Pop: 101 024 (2003 est)
- a state of the eastern US: part of Virginia until the outbreak of the American Civil War (1861); consists chiefly of the Allegheny Plateau; bounded on the west by the Ohio River; coal-mining. Capital: Charleston. Pop: 1 810 354 (2003 est). Area: 62 341 sq km (24 070 sq miles)Abbreviation: W Va, W. Va., (with zip code) WV
Word Origin and History for charleston
dance style characterized by side-kicks from the knee, 1923 (as title of a song), 1925 as a dance, from the U.S. city of Charleston, South Carolina, which was named for King Charles II of England.
Whether the Charleston (dance) has come to stay or not, it behooves every open-minded hostess and musician to "try it out" anyhow. [Ethel P. Peyser, "The Rotarian," July 1926]
A fast-paced dance, with elaborate arm movements, that became a craze in the United States during the 1920s.