GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: CHER-i-tee, CHAR-i-tee   [key]
Meaning & History
From the English word charity, ultimately derived from Late Latin caritas meaning "generous love", from Latin carus "dear, beloved". Caritas was in use as a Roman Christian name. The English name Charity came into use among the Puritans after the Protestant Reformation.
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