black·ened | \ˈbla-kənd \

Definition of blackened 

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

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Examples of blackened in a Sentence

the church's blackened ceiling is the result of centuries of candle smoke

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Watermelon and pineapple can take to a hot grill the same way that a piece of steak will, with a blackened seer that takes in the charcoal flavor. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "The 4 fruits to put in the smoker, and 5 to avoid," 9 July 2018 Three blackened fish tacos ($16), served with rice and beans, were fine but nothing out of the ordinary., "A new addition to the Newburyport restaurant scene," 1 June 2018 Video on the state television channel ENTV showed a blackened hulk broken into pieces, with huge wheels scattered about along with other plane parts., "Algerian Military Plane Crashes in a Field, Killing 257," 11 Apr. 2018 How about a blackened fish fillet with lobster whipped mashed potatoes, lobster béchamel cream sauce with fresh fennel and fresh corn -- all topped with crispy fried onion rings. Ann Maloney,, "Gourmet food from a take-out window? You 'Heard Dat' right," 31 Oct. 2017 Fulfill your summer goth fantasy for less with Maneater, a blackened plum. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Too Faced Is On Sale for Up to 63 Percent Off on HauteLook Right Now," 13 July 2017 Workers could be seen inspecting the blackened transformer Sunday. Ben Poston,, "DWP still investigating cause of transformer explosion that left 140,000 Valley customers without power," 9 July 2017 Symbolic candles flicker and strands of yellow melted wax drip over blackened rocks. Norma Meyer, Orange County Register, "Re-emerging Guatemala astounds with history, culture," 7 June 2017 On a visit to the Wadi Hajar neighborhood of western Mosul in April, just a month after it was recaptured, shopkeepers were repainting their blackened storefronts even as gunfire and explosions erupted a few blocks away. Tommy Trenchard, Newsweek, "ISIS Is Almost Defeated in Iraq, but Thousands of Christians Refuse to Return to Their Homes," 27 June 2017

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First Known Use of blackened

1979, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of blackened

of food : coated with a mixture of hot spices and fried over very high heat

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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