What does Charleston mean?

Definitions for Charleston
ˈtʃɑrlz tən, ˈtʃɑrl stəncharles·ton

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Charleston, capital of West Virginianoun

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

  2. Charlestonnoun

    a port city in southeastern South Carolina

  3. Charlestonverb

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

  4. Charlestonverb

    dance the Charleston


  1. Charlestonnoun

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

  2. Charlestonnoun

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

  3. Charlestonnoun

    A large city and port in South Carolina, USA.

  4. charlestonverb

    To dance the Charleston.

  5. Etymology: ton being an old form of town.


  1. charleston

    The Charleston is a dance named after the city of Charleston, South Carolina. Originating in the early 1920s, it was a very popular dance during the Swing Era. It is characterized by fast, energetic moves, including a lot of kicks and arm swings. The Charleston was also popularized by a song of the same name in the Broadway show "Runnin’ Wild" in 1923. Furthermore, Charleston can also refer to the city itself, known for its rich history, architecture, and southern charm.


  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.

Editors Contribution

  1. charlestonnoun

    The trading of tiles, in the beginning of a game of Mahjong.

    Submitted by anonymous on September 20, 2022  

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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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Charleston is ranked #9695 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Charleston surname appeared 3,346 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Charleston.

    61.6% or 2,063 total occurrences were Black.
    30.3% or 1,014 total occurrences were White.
    2.6% or 90 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.5% or 85 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.2% or 76 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.5% or 18 total occurrences were Asian.

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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. Michelle Simmons:

    I don't want to downplay just how serious of a situation we all find ourselves in, i understand the hesitancy and the reluctance of folks who do this work. But I will say that we felt in Charleston County that Charleston County was just that important for us to position ourselves from our operations and facilities and academics to be prepared, to serve families. And so that's what we did.

  2. Lauren Tuorto:

    It is impossible to navigate the peninsula right now without a kayak or a monster truck, having weathered plenty of hurricanes in the Out Islands of the Bahamas where my family lives and living in Charleston for 10 years, I have never seen rainfall like this.

  3. Omer Barnes:

    We've had a lot of success with private schools, where the money isn't the issue, in Charleston, I've gotten calls from public school parents willing to buy them for the school but it won't be allowed.

  4. Tim Miller:

    Violence directed against the church has been growing over the past decade, my fear is what we saw in Charleston is one incident of many more to come.

  5. Robert Boessenecker:

    There are many other unique and strange early dolphins and baleen whales from Oligocene aged rocks in Charleston, South Carolina, because the Oligocene epoch is the time when filter feeding and echolocation first evolved, and since marine mammal localities of that time are scarce worldwide, the fossils from Charleston offer the most complete window into the early evolution of these groups.

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