Origin of Charlestonafter Charleston, S.C.: see Charleston
Origin of Charlestonafter Charles II of England: see Charles seaport in S.C.
Origin of Charlestonafter the founder's father, Charles capital of W.Va., in the W part
Origin of CharlestonAfter Charleston1, South Carolina.
- A city of southeast South Carolina northeast of Savannah on Charleston Harbor. Founded in 1670, it prospered as a port and became a major cultural center. The Civil War began here with the signing of the Ordinance of Secession (December 20, 1860) and the bombardment of Fort Sumter (April 12, 1861).
- The capital and largest city of West Virginia, in the west-central part of the state. The city grew around the site of Fort Lee in the late 1780s.
(third-person singular simple present charlestons, present participle charlestoning, simple past and past participle charlestoned)
- (intransitive) To dance the Charleston.
- A dance named for the city of Charleston, South Carolina.