Charles·​ton ˈchärl-stən How to pronounce Charleston (audio)
: a lively ballroom dance in which the knees are twisted in and out and the heels are swung sharply outward on each step

Word History


Charleston, S. C.

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Charleston was in 1923

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Cite this Entry

“Charleston.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Charles·​ton ˈchär(-ə)l-stən How to pronounce Charleston (audio)
city and port on the Atlantic in southeastern South Carolina population 120,083
city and capital of West Virginia located on the Kanawha River population 51,400
Charlestonian noun

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