What does Charleston mean?

Definitions for Charleston
ˈtʃɑrlz tən, ˈtʃɑrl stənCharleston

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Charleston, capital of West Virginia(noun)

    state capital of West Virginia in the central part of the state on the Kanawha river

  2. Charleston(noun)

    a port city in southeastern South Carolina

  3. Charleston(verb)

    an American ballroom dance in syncopated rhythm; popular early in the 20th century

  4. Charleston(verb)

    dance the Charleston


  1. Charleston(Noun)

    A dance named for the city of Charleston, South Carolina.

    Etymology: ton being an old form of town.

  2. Charleston(ProperNoun)

    The capital city of, and largest city in, West Virginia, USA.

    Etymology: ton being an old form of town.

  3. Charleston(ProperNoun)

    A large city and port in South Carolina, USA.

    Etymology: ton being an old form of town.

  4. charleston(Verb)

    To dance the Charleston.

    Etymology: ton being an old form of town.


  1. Charleston

    Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in the southeastern State of South Carolina, the county seat of Charleston County, and the principal city in the Charleston–North Charleston–Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina's coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers. Founded in 1670 as Charles Towne in honor of King Charles II of England, Charleston adopted its present name in 1783. It moved to its present location on Oyster Point in 1680 from a location on the west bank of the Ashley River known as Albemarle Point. By 1690, Charles Towne was the fifth largest city in North America, and it remained among the ten largest cities in the United States through the 1840 census. With a 2010 census population of 120,080, current trends put Charleston as the fastest-growing municipality in South Carolina. The city's metropolitan area population was counted by the 2012 estimate at 697,439 – the second largest in the state – and the 78th-largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Charleston

    the largest city in S. Carolina, and the chief commercial city; also a town in Western Virginia, U.S., with a spacious land-locked harbour; is the chief outlet for the cotton and rice of the district, and has a large coasting trade.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. charleston

    A port of entry and the chief city of South Carolina, founded in 1672. On Sullivan’s Island, about 7 miles below, communicating with the harbor, a garrison of about 400 Americans under Col. Moultrie sustained an assault from 9 British ships of war, and gallantly repulsed them, on June 28, 1776. The city was afterwards besieged, and after a gallant resistance of nearly six weeks surrendered to the British, May 12, 1780, being held by them till 1782. In the civil war (1861-65) it was here the first gun was fired, which resulted in the reduction of the famous Fort Sumter. In the latter part of the war it was bombarded and besieged by the Federal troops. Its evacuation by the Confederates and its occupation by the Federals followed, February 18, 1865.

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  1. charleston

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How to pronounce Charleston?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Charleston in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Charleston in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Charleston in a Sentence

  1. Tim Scott:

    After watching the video, the senseless shooting and taking of Walter Scott's life was absolutely unnecessary and avoidable. My heart aches for the family and our North Charleston community. I will be watching this case closely.

  2. John Barnett:

    As a quality manager at Boeing, you're the last line of defense before a defect makes it out to the flying public, and I haven't seen a plane out of North Charleston yet that I'd put my name on saying it's safe and airworthy.

  3. Jay Bender:

    There is an alternative to the imposition of a cloak of secrecy over what has happened in Charleston.

  4. George Sneed:

    It's OK, that's why we are here. This is real life. It happens in Charleston. In New York. In Missouri.

  5. Francis Clark:

    My mom can’t drive to Charleston, she’s too old.

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