• (RP) IPA: /ˈkæ.ɹəˌlaɪn/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈkɛɹ.əˌlaɪn/

caroline (plural carolines)

  1. (historical) An old silver coin of Italy.
    • 1826, The Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal (volume 25, page 451)
      […] the publication of the book is permitted, and a tax of four carolines on each volume must be paid by the publisher. This sum is exorbitant, when we consider the cheapness of Italian books.

  • (RP, NYC, Bos, Southern US) IPA: /ˈkæ.ɹəˌlaɪn/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈkɛɹ.əˌlaɪn/

caroline (not comparable)

  1. Relating to the time of Kings Charles I and II.
  • Carolean
Proper noun
  1. A female given name.
    • 1830 Mary Russell Mitford: Our Village: Fourth Series: Cottage Names:
      - - - gentle Sophias milk your cows, and if you ask a pretty smiling girl at a cottage door to tell you her name, the rosy lips lisp out Caroline. A great number of children, amongst the lower classes, are Carolines. That does not, however, wholly proceed from the love of the appellation; though I believe that a queen Margery or a queen Sarah would have had fewer namesakes.
    • 1999 Andrew Pyper: Lost Girls: Chapter Forty-Four:
      I used to love saying her name. Caroline, with the "i" always long, because to make it short left it sounding like crinoline, a sweat-stained, mothballed Sunday hat pulled from an attic trunk. But Caroline with the "i" long created a sound roughly equivalent to the idea of a girl. The echo of a song in its three syllables, an age-old lyric not yet faded from memory.
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