[kahr-muh n; Spanish kahr-men]


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


[kahr-muh n; French kar-men]


an opera (1875) by Georges Bizet.


[kahr-muh n]

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for carmen

Contemporary Examples of carmen

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  • For much of her life Carmen Weinstein fought the pernicious misperception that there were no Jews left in Egypt.

Historical Examples of carmen

British Dictionary definitions for carmen


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for carmen



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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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