charcoal

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noun

char·​coal ˈchär-ˌkōl How to pronounce charcoal (audio)
1
: a dark or black porous carbon prepared from vegetable or animal substances (as from wood by charring in a kiln from which air is excluded)
2
a
: a piece or pencil of fine charcoal used in drawing
b
: a charcoal drawing
3
: a dark gray

charcoal

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verb

charcoaled; charcoaling; charcoals

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Don't let the snail secretion ferment in these best-selling hydrogel eye patches scare you off: They're also embedded with gold, pearl, diamond, and charcoal powders to brighten and revitalize skin while evening its tone. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Nov. 2022 Former chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, the prosecution’s star witness in the trial of two Trump companies, took the stand Tuesday in state court in Manhattan in a charcoal suit and blue tie. Greg Farrell, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2022 The top sheet of paper was left with a bloom-like design rendered in shades of gray that suggest pencil or charcoal, but are actually gunpowder. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2022 Guys who prefer their look a little more subdued can still get a dash of interest from the wool texture of this charcoal grey tie. Heath Owens, Town & Country, 8 Nov. 2022 This work is more rough-hewn, with traces of charcoal outline and empty bits of canvas peeking through. Grace Edquist, Vogue, 8 Nov. 2022 For the occasion, Olivia wore a charcoal gray mini dress from Shushu Tong's Fall 2022 collection. Abby Dupes, Seventeen, 7 Nov. 2022 Available in red or charcoal and either a single-serve size or a nine-cup size, this is a snack lover's answer to waste-free microwave popcorn. Molly Miller, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Nov. 2022 His face, charcoal sweater, and olive green jacket are tarnished with ash and soot, a reflection of the ordeal inside the place of worship. Nick Romano, EW.com, 5 Nov. 2022
Verb
It’s made with keratin, aloe vera, and charcoal to capture odors and keep your dog smelling fresh. The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Oct. 2022 The strollers have a black frame and were sold with three fabric colors, including white, charcoal and slate blue. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 2 Sep. 2022 This not-so-average soap bar uses charcoal to extract excess oil and dirt from your pores to clear your skin of impurities. Daisy Maldonado, SELF, 12 Aug. 2022 Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewers away from curious pets. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 4 July 2022 Get out your aprons, charcoal and rotisserie kits because barbecue season is officially upon us. Anna Tingley, Variety, 14 June 2022 There are several other benefits to charcoal grills, as well. Camryn Rabideau, Popular Mechanics, 5 May 2022 In addition to the mineral-rich nodules, which often look similar to charcoal briquettes, deep-sea mining also collects mineral deposits near hydrothermal vents and crusts along seamounts. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Feb. 2022 The parable is told through 40 large-scale illustrations that are entirely in black, white and shades of gray, drawn by Ojih Odutola with pastel, chalk and charcoal on a black background. Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English charcole

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1965, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Charcoal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charcoal. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

charcoal

noun

char·​coal
ˈchär-ˌkōl
1
: a dark or black absorbent carbon made by heating animal or vegetable material in the absence of air
2
a
: a piece or pencil of charcoal used in drawing
b
: a charcoal drawing

Medical Definition

charcoal

noun

char·​coal ˈchär-ˌkōl How to pronounce charcoal (audio)
: a dark or black porous carbon prepared from vegetable or animal substances (as from wood by charring in a kiln from which air is excluded) see activated charcoal
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