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[klair-uh, klar-uh] /ˈklɛər ə, ˈklær ə/
a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “clear, bright.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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fem. personal name, from Latin Clara, from fem. of clarus "bright, shining, clear" (see clear (adj.) and cf. Claire). Derivatives include Clarisse, Clarice, Clarabel, Claribel. The native form Clare was common in medieval England, perhaps owing to the popularity of St. Clare of Assisi.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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