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Charleston Explained

charleston at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


Charleston at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

dance style characterized by side-kicks from the knee, 1923 (as title of a song), from the U.S. city of Charleston, S.C., named for King Charles II of England. /// "I have no objection to a person dancing their feet and head off ... but I think it best that they keep away from the Charleston." ["New York Times", July 26, 1925] ///

Charleston at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

1 the capital city of the US state of West Virginia:
2 the Charleston: a quick dance, popular in the 1920s//

charleston at German => English Of Explained:


Charleston at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

City (pop., 1996 est.: 58,000), capital of W. Virginia. Situated in the Allegheny Mtns. at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawa rivers, it was settled around Ft. Lee shortly after the Amer. Revolution. It was the home for a time of D. Boone. Divided in allegiance during the Amer. Civil War, it was occupied by Union troops in 1862. It was named the state capital in 1870; the capital was briefly transferred to Wheeling but returned to Charleston in 1885. It is a distribution center for coal, oil, and gas, and its manufactures include chemicals. Its capitol building (completed 1932) was designed by C. Gilbert.

Seaport city (pop., 1996 est.: 71,000), SE S. Carolina. Originally called Charles Towne, it was founded by English colonists in 1670. During the Amer. Revolution it was held by the British 1780-82. Known as Charleston from 1783, it was the chief winter port of the U.S. until the War of 1812. In 1861 the Confederate capture of Ft. Sumter in Charleston Harbor precipitated the Amer. Civil War. Blockaded by Union forces, it was under siege 1863-65, then evacuated by Gen. W. Sherman's forces. It was seriously damaged by an earthquake in 1886 and a hurricane in 1989. It is the site of the College of Charleston (1770), The Citadel (1842), and the Charleston Museum (1773), the oldest museum in the U.S.

Social jazz dance popular in the 1920s and later, characterized by its toes-in, heels-out twisting steps. Originally a Southern black folk dance, it had parallels in dances of Trinidad, Nigeria, and Ghana. It was popularized by its appearance in the black musical Runnin' Wild in 1923 and took its name from one of the show's songs.

Charleston at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

(usually the Charleston) [sing.] a fast dance that was popular in the 1920s

Charleston at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: state capital of West Virginia in the central part of the
state on the Kanawha river [syn: {capital of West
2: a port city in southeastern South Carolina
3: an American ballroom dance in syncopated rhythm; popular
early in the 20th century

Charleston at English (WD) Of Explained:

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Inter: compound » Charles|ton, ton being an old form of Inter: term » town|lang=en.

Proper noun

Inter: en-proper nou » n
  • The capital city of, and largest city in, West Virginia, USA.
    1. A large city and port in South Carolina, USA.


      Inter: en-nou » n

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

    Derived terms

    * Charlestonian

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    charleston at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » Charleston



    Inter: en-ver » b
  • Inter: intransitiv » e To dance the Charleston.
    1. 1950, Anthony West, The vintage
    2. : The Cambridge professor was charlestoning madly with a well-built woman in a backless evening dress; there were dark patches under his arms where the sweat had soaked through his suit.
    3. 1973, Ian Whitcomb, After the ball: pop music from rag to rock
    4. : the Jazz Age she shook, shimmied and charlestoned whilst men just ogled.



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