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[klair-uh, klar-uh] /ˈklɛər ə, ˈklær ə/
a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “clear, bright.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Clara and her aunt had a silent breakfast at eight, and then Clara also hurried away.

    Poor White Sherwood Anderson
  • And you know my modern name, Clara, does begin with 'C.' Sayda must be right.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Clara stared at him with her great questioning dark eyes, and her face became as pale as his.

    Beyond the City Arthur Conan Doyle
  • But this did not satisfy sister Clara, who at last hit upon the plan of marrying us.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • When they were together Kate did both the thinking and the talking, but now Clara's mind had a chance.

    Poor White Sherwood Anderson
Word Origin and History for Clara

fem. personal name, from Latin Clara, from fem. of clarus "bright, shining, clear" (see clear (adj.) and cf. Claire). Derivatives include Clarisse, Clarice, Clarabel, Claribel. The native form Clare was common in medieval England, perhaps owing to the popularity of St. Clare of Assisi.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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