Karen

1
[kuh-ren]
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noun, plural Ka·rens, (especially collectively) Ka·ren.

a group of people of eastern and southern Burma (Myanmar).
one of these people.
the language of the Karen, a Tibeto-Burman language of the Sino-Tibetan family.

adjective

of or relating to the Karen people or their language.

Karen

2

or Kar·in

[kar-uh n, kahr-]

noun

a female given name, form of Katherine.
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Karen

noun

plural -rens or -ren a member of a Thai people of Myanmar
the language of this people, probably related to Thai and belonging to the Sino-Tibetan family
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Word Origin and History for karen

Karen

1

Mongoloid people of Burma, 1759, from Burmese ka-reng "wild, dirty, low-caste man" [OED].

Karen

2

fem. proper name, Danish shortened form of Katherine. Rare before 1928; a top-10 name for girls born in the U.S. 1951-1968.

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