[ chahrlz; for 1 also French sharl ]

  1. Jacques A·le·xan·dre Cé·sar [ah-lek-sahn-druhsey-zahr], /ɑ lɛk sɑ̃ drəseɪˈzɑr/, 1746–1823, French physicist and inventor.

  2. Ray Ray Charles Robinson, 1930–2004, U.S. blues singer and pianist.

  1. Cape, a cape in E Virginia, N of the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay.

  2. a river in E Massachusetts, flowing between Boston and Cambridge into the Atlantic. 47 miles (75 km) long.

  3. a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “man.”

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British Dictionary definitions for Charles


/ (tʃɑːlz) /

  1. Prince of Wales. born 1948, son of Elizabeth II; heir apparent to the throne of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He married (1981) Lady Diana Spencer; they separated in 1992 and were divorced in 1996; their son, Prince William of Wales, was born in 1982 and their second son, Prince Henry, in 1984; married (2005) Camilla Parker Bowles

  2. Ray real name Ray Charles Robinson. 1930–2004, US singer, pianist, and songwriter, whose work spans jazz, blues, gospel, pop, and country music

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Scientific definitions for Charles


[ chärlz ]

  1. French physicist and inventor who formulated Charles's law in 1787. In 1783 he became the first person to use hydrogen in balloons for flight.

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