To char is to burn or blacken something so that it’s like charcoal but still tasty. A char is something that has been burned in this way.

To char is to burn something on the outside. If you've ever eaten a hot dog or hamburger cooked over an open flame, it was charred. Many people like the taste of char-grilled meat. To char doesn’t usually mean to burn all the way, just enough to blacken. Unfortunately, char can also mean to reduce to charcoal — if there's a house fire, couches and chairs could be charred. Not so delicious.

Definitions of char
  1. verb
    burn to charcoal
    “Without a drenching rain, the forest fire will char everything”
    synonyms: coal
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    type of:
    burn, combust
    cause to burn or combust
  2. verb
    burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color
    “The fire charred the ceiling above the mantelpiece”
    synonyms: blacken, scorch, sear
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    singe, swinge
    burn superficially or lightly
    type of:
    burn with heat, fire, or radiation
  3. noun
    a charred substance
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    animal black, animal charcoal, bone black, bone char
    black substance containing char in the form of carbonized bone; used as a black pigment
    the charred portion of a candlewick
    type of:
    C, atomic number 6, carbon
    an abundant nonmetallic tetravalent element occurring in three allotropic forms: amorphous carbon and graphite and diamond; occurs in all organic compounds
  4. noun
    any of several small trout-like fish of the genus Salvelinus
    synonyms: charr
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    Arctic char, Salvelinus alpinus
    small trout of northern waters; landlocked populations in Quebec and northern New England
    type of:
    soft-finned fishes of cold and temperate waters
  5. noun
    a human female employed to do housework
    “the char will clean the carpet”
    synonyms: charwoman, cleaning lady, cleaning woman, woman
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    type of:
    someone whose occupation is cleaning
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