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Word Origin and History for clarisse


fem. proper name, often a diminutive of Clara and its relatives. Also, "a nun of the order of St. Clare" (1790s); the Franciscan order also known as the Poor Clares (c.1600).

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Historical Examples

  • As Mlle. Clarisse had been sent off, I had no lesson that day.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Seeing Clarisse making game of him, he grew suspicious of her.

  • Simonne and Clarisse had gone off with a great rustling of skirts.

  • Clarisse was startled, and turned to her daughter-in-law with a timid look of appeal.


    Alphonse Daudet

  • "What shall be done, then," she asked, plaintively; and all at once she became the Clarisse of old.


    Alphonse Daudet