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Carmen

[kahr-muh n; Spanish kahr-men] /ˈkɑr mən; Spanish ˈkɑr mɛn/
noun
2.
a male or female given name: from a Latin word meaning “song.”.

Carmen

[kahr-muh n; French kar-men] /ˈkɑr mən; French karˈmɛn/
noun
1.
an opera (1875) by Georges Bizet.

carman

[kahr-muh n] /ˈkɑr mən/
noun, plural carmen.
1.
one of the crew of a streetcar or the like, as the motorman.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80, in sense “person driving a cart”; car1 + -man
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  • It is also heard, in a faster form, at the entrance of Carmen.
British Dictionary definitions for Carmen

carman

/ˈkɑːmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a man who drives a car or cart; carter
2.
a man whose business is the transport of goods; haulier
3.
(US & Canadian) a tram driver
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Word Origin and History for Carmen
n.

French opera by Georges Bizet (1838-1875), premiered in Paris March 3, 1875. As a proper name, it can represent (especially in Italian and Spanish) a diminutive of Carmel/Carmelo or Latin carmen "song, poem, incantation, oracle" (see charm (n.)).

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Carmen in Culture

Carmen definition


One of the most popular of operas, composed by Georges Bizet, and first produced in the late nineteenth century. The title character is known for manipulating men. One of her victims, a Spanish soldier, arranges for her to escape from jail, but she later abandons him for a bullfighter, and he stabs her. The pieces “Habanera” and “Toreador Song” are well-known excerpts from Carmen.

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