[ kahr-muh n; Spanish kahr-men ]
/ ˈkɑr mən; Spanish ˈkɑr mɛn /


a male or female given name: from a Latin word meaning “song.”


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Definition for carmen (2 of 3)

[ kahr-muh n; French kar-men ]
/ ˈkɑr mən; French karˈmɛn /


an opera (1875) by Georges Bizet.

Definition for carmen (3 of 3)

[ kahr-muh n ]
/ ˈkɑr mən /

noun, plural car·men.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for carmen

/ (ˈkɑːmən) /

noun plural -men

a man who drives a car or cart; carter
a man whose business is the transport of goods; haulier
US and Canadian a tram driver
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Cultural definitions for carmen


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.

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