black·​ened ˈbla-kənd How to pronounce blackened (audio)
: 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 In its time open, fueled by fans of its blackened mahi and buttery lobster rolls, owner Mike Smith has expanded his footprint, moving into a larger stall in the popular food hall — which has allowed for a menu expansion, as well. Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 6 Dec. 2022 There are no glamorous furnishings — just a French window, its blackened panes suggesting the dark of night. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2022 Birds sang from blackened trees; the wind scattered seeds. Tucker Nichols, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2022 Menu highlights there include sesame guava toast, conch salad, and a blackened shrimp club wrap. Erinne Magee,, 8 Sep. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1979, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blackened was in 1979

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“Blackened.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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