Charleston

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noun Charles·ton \ ˈchärl-stən \

Definition of Charleston

:a lively ballroom dance in which the knees are twisted in and out and the heels are swung sharply outward on each step

Origin and Etymology of charleston

Charleston, S. C.


Charleston

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geographical name Charles·ton \ ˈchär(-ə)l-stən \

Definition of Charleston

1 city and port on the Atlantic in southeastern South Carolina population 120,083
2 city and capital of West Virginia located on the Kanawha River population 51,400

Charlestonian

play \chär(-ə)l-ˈstō-nē-ən, -nyən\ noun


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