[kahr-lahyl, kahr-lahyl]


John Grif·fin [grif-in] /ˈgrɪf ɪn/, 1835–1910, U.S. politician: Speaker of the House 1883–89.
a city in Cumbria, in NW England.
a city in S Pennsylvania.
Angling. a fishhook having a narrow bend. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • When he walked listlessly into Carlisle it was through the Botcher-gate on the south.

  • Had he seen this gate on his way into Carlisle, or passed through that bar?

  • They told me that if my husband were ever taken he would be brought to Carlisle.

  • In how many hours might one ride to Carlisle at the fastest—in the night and in a cart?

  • And he chose a moment when there were no ships of war at anchor in Carlisle Bay.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for carlisle



a city in NW England, administrative centre of Cumbria: railway and industrial centre. Pop: 71 773 (2001)Latin name: Luguvallum (ˌluːɡuːˈvæləm)
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Word Origin and History for carlisle


Carleol (c.1100), earlier Lugovalio (4c.), from a Celtic proper name *Luguvalos. The Celtic cair "fortified town" was added in the Middle Ages.

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