Definition of charcoal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtʃɑːkəʊl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɑːrkoʊl//
    [uncountable] Art equipment
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  1. 1 a black substance made by burning wood slowly in an oven with little air. Charcoal is used as a fuel or for drawing. charcoal-grilled steaks a charcoal drawing See related entries: Art equipment
  2. 2 (also charcoal grey) a very dark grey colour More Like This Colour compounds baby blue, china-blue, cobalt blue, electric blue, ice-blue, midnight blue, navy blue, peacock blue, petrol blue, powder blue, royal blue, sky-blue blood-red, cherry red, pillar-box red, wine red bottle-green, emerald green, jade green, lime green, olive-green, pea-green, sea-green lemon yellow, primrose yellow lily-white, snow-white coal-black, jet black, pitch-black charcoal grey, iron-grey, slate-grey rose pink, salmon pink, shocking pink nut-brownSee worksheet.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: probably related to coal in the early sense ‘charcoal’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: charcoal