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Etymology 1[edit]

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A county in the Republic of Ireland
  2. A town in the county of Cavan, Ireland.
  3. A large village in Suffolk, England.
  4. A surname derived from place names in England and Ireland, and from Old English clǣġ (clay) as an occupational name for a worker in clay.
  5. A male given name transferred from the surnames (much less common than the female name).
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Medieval English vernacular form of Clara.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name, often spelled Claire in the 20th century.
    • 1604, William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure: Act I, Scene IV:
      Yes, truly: I speak not as desiring more,
      But rather wishing a more strict restraint
      Upon the sisterhood, the votarists of Saint Clare.
    • 1999 Margaret York: The Price of Guilt: page 58:
      "What's your name?"
      "Clare Fairweather," she said. "Awful, isn't it?" and went away, hiding her mirth.


Clare (plural Clares)

  1. A nun of the order of Saint Clare.



Proper noun[edit]

Clare f

  1. A female given name, Manx equivalent to Clara.


Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
Clare Chlare Glare
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.