1790–1800; < French, special use of woman's name Unabridged


Grand Duchess (Charlotte Aldegonde Elise Marie Wilhelmine) 1896–1985, sovereign of Luxembourg 1919–64.
a city in S North Carolina.
a female given name: derived from Charles. Unabridged
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charlotte (ˈʃɑːlət)
1.  a baked dessert served hot or cold, commonly made with fruit and layers or a casing of bread or cake crumbs, sponge cake, etc: apple charlotte
2.  short for charlotte russe
[C19: from French, from the name Charlotte]

Charlotte (ˈʃɑːlət)
a city in S North Carolina: the largest city in the state. Pop: 584 658 (2003 est)

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Word Origin & History

"apple marmalade covered with bread-crumbs," 1796, from Fr., possibly from the fem. proper name, but the connection is obscure.
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Charlotte definition

City in southern North Carolina.

Note: Largest city of the state, and the foremost commercial and industrial center of the Piedmont region.
Note: Named for Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III of England.
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either of two traditional French desserts, both formed in a deep, cylindrical mold. For a fruit charlotte the mold is lined with well-buttered bread, filled with a thick puree of apples, apricots, or other fruit, topped with additional slices of bread, and baked. It is served warm, often with a sauce. For cold charlotte, the mold is lined with ladyfingers (sticks of spongecake) and filled with ice cream, whipped cream, or most commonly, Bavarian cream (q.v.). If the latter is used the dessert is called a charlotte russe, a recipe believed to have been originated by the great chef Antonin Careme

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