Charleston

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[ chahrlz-tuhn, chahrl-stuhn ]
/ ˈtʃɑrlz tən, ˈtʃɑrl stən /

noun

a vigorous, rhythmic ballroom dance popular in the 1920s.

verb (used without object)

to dance the Charleston.

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Origin of Charleston

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named after Charleston, South Carolina

Definition for Charleston (2 of 2)

Charleston2
[ chahrlz-tuhn, chahrl-stuhn ]
/ ˈtʃɑrlz tən, ˈtʃɑrl stən /

noun

a seaport in SE South Carolina.
a city in and the capital of West Virginia, in the W part.
a city in E central Illinois.
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British Dictionary definitions for Charleston (1 of 2)

charleston
/ (ˈtʃɑːlstən) /

noun

a fast rhythmic dance of the 1920s, characterized by kicking and by twisting of the legs from the knee down

Word Origin for charleston

C20: named after Charleston, South Carolina

British Dictionary definitions for Charleston (2 of 2)

Charleston
/ (ˈtʃɑːlstən) /

noun

a city in central West Virginia: the state capital. Pop: 51 394 (2003 est)
a port in SE South Carolina, on the Atlantic: scene of the first action in the Civil War. Pop: 101 024 (2003 est)
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Cultural definitions for Charleston (1 of 2)

Charleston

A fast-paced dance, with elaborate arm movements, that became a craze in the United States during the 1920s.

Cultural definitions for Charleston (2 of 2)

Charleston

Two cities in the South: one a port city in southeastern South Carolina, the other the capital of West Virginia.

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