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Karen

[kar-uh n, kahr-] /ˈkær ən, ˈkɑr-/
noun
1.
a female given name, form of Katherine.
Also, Karin.
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British Dictionary definitions for karin

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 karin

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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