WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
char1 /tʃɑr/USA pronunciation   v.,  charred, char•ring. 
  1. to burn or (cause to) become reduced to charcoal: [+ object]The flames had charred the corpses beyond recognition.[no object]The corpses charred in the fire.
  2. [+ object] to burn slightly;
    scorch: The flame charred the steak.

char3 /tʃɑr/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  charred, char•ring.  Chiefly Brit.
n. [countable]
  1. British Terms charwoman.

v. [no object]
  1. British Termsto work at cleaning offices or houses.

char.,  an abbreviation of:
  1. character.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
char1  (chär),USA pronunciation  v.,  charred, char•ring, n. 
  1. Chemistryto burn or reduce to charcoal:The fire charred the paper.
  2. Chemistryto burn slightly;
    scorch:The flame charred the steak.

  1. to become charred.

  1. Chemistrya charred material or surface.
  2. Chemistrycharcoal.
  3. Energy, Chemistrya superior carbon-rich fuel, a by-product of the conversion of coal into gaseous or liquid fuel.
  • 1670–80; apparently extracted from charcoal; see chark
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged singe, sear.

char2  (chär),USA pronunciation n., pl. ([esp. collectively]) char,  ([esp. referring to two or more kinds or species]) chars. 
  • Fishany trout of the genus Salvelinus (or Cristovomer), esp. the Arctic char.
    • 1655–65; perh. Old English *ceorra literally, turner, derivative of ceorran to turn, it being thought of as swimming to and fro time and again; see char3

    char3  (chär),USA pronunciation  n., v.,  charred, char•ring. [Chiefly Brit.]
    1. British Termsa charwoman.
    2. British Termsa task, esp. a household chore.
    3. British Termschars, odd jobs, esp. of housework, for which one is paid by the hour or day.

    1. British Termsto work at housecleaning by the day or hour;
      hire oneself out to do odd jobs.

    1. British Termsto do (housework, odd jobs, or chores);
      clean or repair.
    Also,  chare. 
    • late Middle English, Old English cerr, cierr turn, time, occasion, affair, derivative of cierran to turn 1375–1425

    char4  (chär),USA pronunciation n. [Brit. Informal.]
  • British Termstea.
    • Hindi tea; for spelling, spelled with r compare arvo, parcheesi
    • 1915–20

    Char  (shar),USA pronunciation n.  Re•né  (rə nā),USA pronunciation born 1907, French poet.
    1. character.
    2. charter.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    char /tʃɑː/ vb (chars, charring, charred)
    1. to burn or be burned partially, esp so as to blacken the surface; scorch
    2. (transitive) to reduce (wood) to charcoal by partial combustion
    Etymology: 17th Century: short for charcoal
    char, charr /tʃɑː/ n ( pl char, chars, charr, charrs)
    1. any of various troutlike fishes of the genus Salvelinus, esp S. alpinus, occurring in cold lakes and northern seas: family Salmonidae (salmon)
    Etymology: 17th Century: of unknown origin
    char /tʃɑː/ n
    1. informal
      short for charwoman
    vb (chars, charring, charred)
    1. Brit informal to do housework, cleaning, etc, as a job
    Etymology: 18th Century: from Old English cerr
    char /tʃɑː/ n
    1. Brit
      a slang word for tea
    Etymology: from Chinese ch'a

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