: consumed, altered, or damaged by or as if by fire or heat
burnt toast
Anyone can order crème brûlée—literally "burnt cream"—in a restaurant, and who wouldn't want to? The creamy custard with a crackly burnt-sugar topping is sinfully good, making it the perfect treat to share after a Valentine's Day meal.Bon Appetit
He withstood three painful skin grafts in which thin strips of undamaged skin were removed from his thighs and calves to replace burnt tissue on his upper body.Fred Robbins et al.
of a color or pigment : having a somewhat dull appearance as though scorched
burnt sienna

Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of burnt was in the 14th century

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“Burnt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burnt. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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