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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As Mlle. Clarisse had been sent off, I had no lesson that day.My Double Life
Seeing Clarisse making game of him, he grew suspicious of her.
Simonne and Clarisse had gone off with a great rustling of skirts.
"What shall be done, then," she asked, plaintively; and all at once she became the Clarisse of old.
The presence of Clarisse, her pallor, and the stern look of his chief, told the story.