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[kahr-lahyl, kahr-lahyl] /kɑrˈlaɪl, ˈkɑr laɪl/
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[grif-in] /ˈgrɪf ɪn/ (Show IPA),
1835–1910, U.S. politician: Speaker of the House 1883–89.
a city in Cumbria, in NW England.
a city in S Pennsylvania.
Angling. a fishhook having a narrow bend. Unabridged
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  • The headquarters of the Tenth Infantry were established at Carlisle barracks.

  • When he walked listlessly into Carlisle it was through the Botcher-gate on the south.

  • And he chose a moment when there were no ships of war at anchor in Carlisle Bay.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Had he seen this gate on his way into Carlisle, or passed through that bar?

  • Carlisle, recuperating from a gay debutante rout on the evening preceding, remained in bed.

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for Carlisle


/kɑːˈlaɪl; ˈkɑːlaɪl/
a city in NW England, administrative centre of Cumbria: railway and industrial centre. Pop: 71 773 (2001) Latin name Luguvallum (ˌluːɡuːˈvæləm)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Carlisle

Carleol (c.1100), earlier Lugovalio (4c.), from a Celtic proper name *Luguvalos. The Celtic cair "fortified town" was added in the Middle Ages.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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