Word Origin and History for clarisse
fem. proper name, often a diminutive of Clara and its relatives. Also, "a nun of the order of St. Clare" (1790s); the Franciscan order also known as the Poor Clares (c.1600).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Examples from the Web for clarisse
As Mlle. Clarisse had been sent off, I had no lesson that day.My Double Life
Seeing Clarisse making game of him, he grew suspicious of her.
Simonne and Clarisse had gone off with a great rustling of skirts.
Clarisse was startled, and turned to her daughter-in-law with a timid look of appeal.
"What shall be done, then," she asked, plaintively; and all at once she became the Clarisse of old.