Meaning of CHAR in English

CHAR

/ tʃɑː(r); NAmE / verb , noun

■ verb ( -rr- )

1.

[ v , vn ] to become black by burning; to make sth black by burning it

—see also charred ➡ note at burn

2.

[ v ] ( old-fashioned , BrE ) to work as a cleaner in a house

■ noun ( old-fashioned , BrE )

1.

[ C ] = charwoman

2.

[ U ] ( informal ) tea :

a cup of char

••

WORD ORIGIN

verb sense 1 late 17th cent.: apparently a back-formation from charcoal .

noun sense 2 late 16th cent. (as cha ; rare before the early 20th cent.): from Chinese ( Mandarin dialect ) chá .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.