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.

  2. Charleston(ProperNoun)

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

  3. Charleston(ProperNoun)

    A large city and port in South Carolina, USA.

  4. charleston(Verb)

    To dance the Charleston.

  5. Origin: 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

    Song lyrics by charleston -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by charleston on the Lyrics.com website.

How to pronounce Charleston?

  1. Alex
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How to say Charleston in sign language?

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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. William Bumpers:

    He told the school board they had to integrate. It was the right thing to do, and he convinced the school board to vote for integration, charleston was the first school district in the whole confederacy to fully integrate. He was very proud of that.

  2. Quil Lance:

    Charleston County Mayor Joseph Riley said. What motivated the gunman is not yet clear, but his monstrous act took the lives of nine people who prayed, worked and struggled on behalf of their community and their church. Related ImageExpand / ContractSharonda Coleman-Singleton, was a speech therapist and girls ’ track and field team at Goose Creek High School. ( Courtesy : Charleston Post and Courier) Cynthia Hurd, 54, was a branch manger in the Charleston County Public Library -RRB- system, where Cynthia Hurd was so revered from a career spanning 31 years that all city branches were closed in Cynthia Hurd honor Thursday. Cynthia Hurd was a tireless servant of the community who spent Cynthia Hurd life helping residents, making sure they had every opportunity for an education and personal growth, the library system said in a statement. Cynthia Hurd loss is incomprehensible, and we ask for prayers for Cynthia Hurd family, her co-workers, her church and this entire community as we come together to face this tragic loss. Related ImageExpand / ContractCynthia Hurd was a librarian who worshiped at the venerable church. ( Charleston County Public Library) Quil Lance had retired from Gaillard Center, a performance hall in Charleston County, and been serving as a custodian at the church where Quil Lance worshiped. As big a void as Quil Lance death leaves there, it left an even deeper one in the family Quil Lance held together with love and strength, Quil Lance grandson, Quil Lance, told the Charleston Post and Courier I ’m lost, I ’m lost, granny was the heart of the family. Related ImageExpand / ContractClementa Pinckney was a beloved pastor and respected lawmaker before he was gunned down in his own church Wednesday night. ( Grace Beahm/The Charleston Post and Courier via AP).

  3. Rick Perry:

    I think we have the laws in place. Enforcement of those laws is what seems to be lacking, both in Charleston and here in Lafayette, Louisiana, we see individuals who are obviously mentally impacted. These are individuals who I think that somewhere, somebody didn't do their job in the standpoint of enforcing the laws that are only on the book.

  4. George Sneed:

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

  5. Valley Forge Flag:

    We hope that this decision will show our support for those affected by the recent events in Charleston and, in some small way, help to foster racial unity and tolerance in our country.

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