Charles

[chahrlz; for 2 also French sharl]
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noun

Prince of Edinburgh and of Wales, born 1948, heir apparent to the throne of Great Britain (son of Elizabeth II).
Jacques A·le·xan·dre Cé·sar [ah-lek-sahn-druh sey-zahr] /ɑ lɛk sɑ̃ drə seɪˈzɑr/, 1746–1823, French physicist and inventor.
RayRay Charles Robinson, 1930–2004, U.S. blues singer and pianist.
Cape, a cape in E Virginia, N of the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay.
a river in E Massachusetts, flowing between Boston and Cambridge into the Atlantic. 47 miles (75 km) long.
a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “man.”

Charles I

[chahrlz; French sharl]

noun

the Bald, a.d. 823–877, king of France 840–877; as Charles II, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire 875–877.
1500–58, king of Spain 1516–56; as Charles V, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire 1519–56.
1600–49, king of Great Britain 1625–49 (son of James I).
1887–1922, emperor of Austria 1916–18; as Charles IV, king of Hungary 1916–18.

Charles II

noun

Charles the Fat, a.d. 809–888, king of France 884–887; as Charles III, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire 881–887.
1630–85, king of Great Britain 1660–85 (son of Charles I of England).
1661–1700, king of Spain 1665–1700.

Charles III

noun

Charles the Simple, a.d. 879–929, king of France 898–923.
1716–1788, king of Spain 1759–88; as Charles IV, king of Naples 1734–59.

Charles IV

noun

Charles the Fair, 1294–1328, king of France 1322–28.
Charles of Luxembourg, 1316–78, king of Germany 1347–78 and Bohemia 1346–78; emperor of the Holy Roman Empire 1355–78.

Charles V

noun

Charles the Wise, 1337–81, king of France 1364–80.

Charles VI

noun

Charles the MadorCharles the Well-beloved, 1368–1422, king of France 1380–1422.
1685–1740, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire 1711–40; as Charles III, king of Hungary 1711–40.

Charles VII

noun

Charles the Victorious, 1403–61, king of France 1422–61 (son of Charles VI).
Charles Albert, 1697–1745, elector of Bavaria 1726–45; emperor of the Holy Roman Empire 1742–45.

Charles VIII

noun

1470–98, king of France 1483–98 (son of Louis XI).

Charles IX

noun

1550–74, king of France 1560–74.
1550–1611, king of Sweden 1604–11 (son of Gustavus I).

Charles X

noun

Charles Gustavus, 1622–60, king of Sweden 1654–60.
1757–1836, king of France 1824–30.

Charles XI

noun

1655–97, king of Sweden 1660–97 (son of Charles X).

Charles XII

noun

1682–1718, king of Sweden 1697–1718.

Charles XIV

noun

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  • Charles had said as he fingered his throat, which was patched with black and blue.

  • "That's what your romantic boy out of a book has done," said Charles Merchant.

  • But Charles Merchant was only interested in what the fellow had said and done when he talked with her.

  • Charles Merchant, the son of rich John Merchant, was behind the wheel.

  • I send now a message to our cousin Charles which his whole kingdom may read.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle


British Dictionary definitions for charles

Charles

noun

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

Charles IV

noun

known as Charles the Fair . 1294–1328, king of France (1322–28): brother of Isabella of France, with whom he intrigued against her husband, Edward II of England
1316–78, king of Bohemia (1346–78) and Holy Roman Emperor (1355–78)
1748–1819, king of Spain (1788–1808), whose reign saw the domination of Spain by Napoleonic France: abdicated
title as king of Hungary of Charles ISee Charles I

Charles IX

noun

1550–74, king of France (1560–74), son of Catherine de' Medici and Henry II: his reign was marked by war between Huguenots and Catholics

Charles VI

noun

known as Charles the Mad or Charles the Well-Beloved. 1368–1422, king of France (1380–1422): defeated by Henry V of England at Agincourt (1415), he was forced by the Treaty of Troyes (1420) to recognize Henry as his successor
1685–1740, Holy Roman Emperor (1711–40). His claim to the Spanish throne (1700) led to the War of the Spanish Succession

Charles VII

noun

1403–61, king of France (1422–61), son of Charles VI. He was excluded from the French throne by the Treaty of Troyes, but following Joan of Arc's victory over the English at Orléans (1429), was crowned
1697–1745, Holy Roman Emperor (1742–45) during the War of the Austrian Succession

Charles X

noun

title of Charles Gustavus . 1622–60, king of Sweden, who warred with Poland and Denmark in an attempt to create a unified Baltic state
1757–1836, king of France (1824–30): his attempt to restore absolutism led to his enforced exile

Charles XI

noun

1655–97, king of Sweden (1660–97), who established an absolute monarchy and defeated Denmark (1678)

Charles XII

noun

1682–1718, king of Sweden (1697–1718), who inflicted defeats on Denmark, Russia, and Poland during the Great Northern War (1700–21)

Charles XIV

noun

the title as king of Sweden and Norway of Jean Baptiste Jules BernadotteSee Bernadotte

Charles I

noun

title as Holy Roman Emperor of CharlemagneSee Charlemagne
title as king of France of Charles II (Holy Roman Emperor)See Charles II
title as king of Spain of Charles V (Holy Roman Emperor)See Charles V (def. 2)
title of Charles Stuart 1600–49, king of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1625–49); son of James I. He ruled for 11 years (1629–40) without parliament, advised by his minister Strafford, until rebellion broke out in Scotland. Conflict with the Long Parliament led to the Civil War and after his defeat at Naseby (1645) he sought refuge with the Scots (1646). He was handed over to the English army under Cromwell (1647) and executed
1887–1922, emperor of Austria, and, as Charles IV, king of Hungary (1916–18). The last ruler of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, he was forced to abdicate at the end of World War I

Charles II

noun

known as Charles the Bald. 823–877 ad, Holy Roman Emperor (875–877) and, as Charles I, king of France (843–877)
the title as king of France of Charles III (Holy Roman Emperor)See Charles III (def. 1)
1630–85, king of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1660–85) following the Restoration (1660); son of Charles I. He did much to promote commerce, science, and the Navy, but his Roman Catholic sympathies caused widespread distrust
1661–1700, the last Hapsburg king of Spain: his reign saw the end of Spanish power in Europe

Charles III

noun

known as Charles the Fat . 839–888 ad, Holy Roman Emperor (881–887) and, as Charles II, king of France (884–887). He briefly reunited the empire of Charlemagne
1716–88, king of Spain (1759–88), who curbed the power of the Church and tried to modernize his country

Charles V

noun

known as Charles the Wise . 1337–80, king of France (1364–80) during the Hundred Years' War
1500–58, Holy Roman Emperor (1519–56), king of Burgundy and the Netherlands (1506–55), and, as Charles I, king of Spain (1516–56): his reign saw the empire threatened by Francis I of France, the Turks, and the spread of Protestantism; abdicated
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Word Origin and History for charles

Charles

masc. proper name, from French Charles, from Medieval Latin Carolus, from Middle High German Karl, literally "man, husband" (see carl).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

charles in Science

Charles

[chärlz]Jacques Alexandre César 1746-1823

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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