Meaning of CHAR in English


I. noun

also charr ˈchär

( plural char or chars also charr or charrs )

Etymology: origin unknown

Date: 1662

: any of a genus ( Salvelinus ) of small-scaled trouts with light-colored spots

II. verb

( charred ; char·ring )

Etymology: charcoal

Date: 1679

transitive verb

1. : to convert to charcoal or carbon usually by heat : burn

2. : to burn slightly or partly : scorch

the fire charred the beams

intransitive verb

: to become charred

III. noun

Date: 1879

: a charred substance : charcoal ; specifically : a combustible residue remaining after the destructive distillation of coal

IV. intransitive verb

( charred ; char·ring )

Etymology: charwoman

Date: 1732

: to work as a cleaning woman

V. noun

Etymology: by shortening

Date: 1906

British : charwoman

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.