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Karen

[kuh-ren] /kəˈrɛn/
noun, plural Karens (especially collectively) Karen.
1.
a group of people of eastern and southern Burma (Myanmar).
2.
one of these people.
3.
the language of the Karen, a Tibeto-Burman language of the Sino-Tibetan family.
adjective
4.
of or relating to the Karen people or their language.

Karen

or Karin

[kar-uh n, kahr-] /ˈkær ən, ˈkɑr-/
noun
1.
a female given name, form of Katherine.
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  • Your face interested her, and your kindness to little Karen.

    Tante Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • They talked on indifferent subjects till Karen said it was her bedtime.

    Security Poul William Anderson
  • Neither did she look at Karen; her gaze was fixed before her.

    Tante Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • After awhile, Lancaster focused his mind on Karen Marek and kept it there.

    Security Poul William Anderson
  • Karen's fair skin was tanned so many shades darker than her flaxen locks that Valdemar and Karl hardly knew her.

    Our Little Danish Cousin Luna May Innes
British Dictionary definitions for Karen

Karen

/kəˈrɛn/
noun
1.
(pl) -rens, -ren. a member of a Thai people of Myanmar
2.
the language of this people, probably related to Thai and belonging to the Sino-Tibetan family
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Word Origin and History for Karen

Mongoloid people of Burma, 1759, from Burmese ka-reng "wild, dirty, low-caste man" [OED].

fem. proper name, Danish shortened form of Katherine. Rare before 1928; a top-10 name for girls born in the U.S. 1951-1968.

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