[shahr-luh t]
  1. Grand DuchessCharlotte Aldegonde Elise Marie Wilhelmine, 1896–1985, sovereign of Luxembourg 1919–64.
  2. a city in S North Carolina.
  3. a female given name: derived from Charles. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for grand duchess charlotte


  1. a baked dessert served hot or cold, commonly made with fruit and layers or a casing of bread or cake crumbs, sponge cake, etcapple charlotte
  2. short for charlotte russe

Word Origin for charlotte

C19: from French, from the name Charlotte


  1. a city in S North Carolina: the largest city in the state. Pop: 584 658 (2003 est)
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Word Origin and History for grand duchess charlotte


fem. proper name, from the French fem. of Charlot, a diminutive of Charles. Meaning "apple marmalade covered with bread-crumbs" is attested from 1796, presumably from French (where, however, the dessert name is attested only from 1804), possibly from the fem. proper name, but the connection is obscure. Perhaps from some French dialect word. Cf. Middle English charlette (mid-14c.) "dish containing meat, eggs, milk, etc.," said to be probably from Old French char laitée "meat with milk."

The city in North Carolina, U.S., was settled c.1750 and named for Princess Charlotte Sophia (1744-1818), who married George III of England in 1761; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, also was named for her (1763).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

grand duchess charlotte in Culture


City in southern North Carolina.


Largest city of the state, and the foremost commercial and industrial center of the Piedmont region.


Named for Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III of England.
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