[kahr-muhn; Spanish kahr-men]
a male or female given name: from a Latin word meaning “song.” Unabridged


[kahr-muhn; French kar-men]
an opera (1875) by Georges Bizet.


noun, plural carmen.
one of the crew of a streetcar or the like, as the motorman.

1570–80, in sense “person driving a cart”; car1 + -man Unabridged
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carman (ˈkɑːmən)
n , 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 & History

Fr. opera by Georges Bizet, premiered in Paris, March 3, 1875. As a proper name, it can represent (esp. in It. and Sp.) a dim. of Carmel/Carmelo or L. carmen "song, poem, incantation" (see charm).
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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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It is also heard, in a faster form, at the entrance of carmen.
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