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[kahr-muh n; Spanish kahr-men]
  1. Ciudad del Carmen.
  2. a male or female given name: from a Latin word meaning “song.”
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[kahr-muh n; French kar-men]
  1. an opera (1875) by Georges Bizet.
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[kahr-muh n]
noun, plural car·men.
  1. one of the crew of a streetcar or the like, as the motorman.
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Origin of carman

1570–80, in sense “person driving a cart”; car1 + -man
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noun plural -men
  1. a man who drives a car or cart; carter
  2. a man whose business is the transport of goods; haulier
  3. US and Canadian a tram driver
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French opera by Georges Bizet (1838-1875), premiered in Paris March 3, 1875. As a proper name, it can represent (especially in Italian and Spanish) a diminutive of Carmel/Carmelo or Latin carmen "song, poem, incantation, oracle" (see charm (n.)).

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carmen in Culture


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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