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[klair] /klɛər/
Ina, 1892–1985, U.S. actress.
a female given name, form of Clara. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There was but one man in the house besides her husband whom Claire knew.

    An Ambitious Woman Edgar Fawcett
  • Suddenly an image appeared to come before her eyes—that of Claire.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Claire made no comment; her whole desire was to dull all sense of emotion from the situation.

    The Pursuit Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
  • They were aided in this by a rumour that Felicien was to marry Claire de Voincourt.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • The sound of his step on the hard ground interrupted Claire René's reverie; she looked up and around.

Word Origin and History for Claire

fem. proper name, from French claire, fem. of clair literally "light, bright," from Latin clarus "clear, bright, distinct" (see clear (adj.); also cf. Clara).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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