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[klar-uh ns]
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  1. a closed, four-wheeled carriage, usually with a glass front, with seats inside for four persons.

Origin of clarence

1830–40; named after Duke of Clarence (1765–1837), later William IV


[klar-uh ns]
  1. a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “clear one.”
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  1. a closed four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage, having a glass front

Word Origin

C19: named after the Duke of Clarence (1765–1837)
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Word Origin and History for clarence


surname, from Medieval Latin Clarencia, name of dukedom created 1362 for Lionel, third son of Edward III, so called from town of Clare, Suffolk, whose heiress Lionel married. Used as a masc. proper name from late 19c. As a type of four-wheeled closed carriage, named for the Duke of Clarence, later William IV.

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