black·​ened | \ ˈbla-kənd How to pronounce blackened (audio) \

Definition of blackened

: coated with a mixture of spices (such as garlic powder and cayenne pepper) and fried over extremely high heat

Examples of blackened in a Sentence

the church's blackened ceiling is the result of centuries of candle smoke
Recent Examples on the Web His blackened execution pyre stands in a barren field, a leitmotif driven like a stake through the heart of the film. Elle Carroll, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2021 Firefighters remained in one untouched rectangular slice of land in Meyers Wednesday morning, hosing down blackened earth in backyards, a sign of just how close the flames got to homes. Sarah Ravani, Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Sep. 2021 Near the towns of Phillips, Twin Bridges and Strawberry, cracks of blue sky and sunshine illuminated scorched terrain and skeletal bare tree branches, but also blue jays and chipmunks scampering over blackened tree roots and fallen rocks. Lauren Hepler, Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Sep. 2021 Using gloved hands, scrape off all of the blackened exteriors and slice into small pieces. Joanne Rosa, ABC News, 21 June 2021 Dinner was delicious: dish after dish of blackened shrimp, fried shrimp, catfish, garlic corn. New York Times, 16 June 2021 The contrast is quite pleasurable: Sweet, milky mozzarella meets slightly bitter radicchio, still a bit warm, blackened and smoky from high heat. David Tanis, New York Times, 26 Feb. 2021 Texas Black Gold Garlic puts its signature garlic through a two-month fermenting process, turning traditional white cloves into sweet blackened treats. Chuck Blount,, 3 Aug. 2020 Al-Kolak placed a blackened kettle atop the makeshift stove and dropped a few Lipton teabags inside it. Patrick Strickland, The New York Review of Books, 4 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of blackened

1979, in the meaning defined above

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“Blackened.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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