Usage note
This word may also be spelled “chai” or “cha” in the sense shown in 4).
char
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to partially burn)
a. carbonizar
The fire had charred the bodies of the victims beyond recognition.El incendio había carbonizado los cadáveres de las víctimas de tal manera que resultaban irreconocibles.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to be partially burned)
a. carbonizarse
If you hold the paper in the flame, it chars and disintegrates.Si pones el papel en la llama, se carboniza y se deshace.
3.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(to work as a cleaner) (United Kingdom)
a. trabajar como criada
In the novel, Annie chars to make a living.En la novela, Annie trabaja como criada para ganarse la vida.
b. trabajar haciendo limpiezas
When Dad died, Mum had to go out charring to earn some money.Cuando papá murió, mamá tuvo que ponerse a trabajar haciendo limpiezas para ganar algo de dinero.
c. trabajar como asistenta
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Emily chars for a well-off local family.Emily trabaja como asistenta en casa de una familia acomodada del lugar.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(beverage) (United Kingdom)
a. el té
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Do you fancy a nice cup of char?¿Te apetece una buena taza de té?
5.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(cleaning lady) (United Kingdom)
a. la criada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
In the film, she plays a char who inherits a fortune.En la película, interpreta a una criada que hereda una fortuna.
b. la mujer de la limpieza
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She was used to having all the domestic chores done by the char.Estaba acostumbrada a que la mujer de la limpieza hiciera todas las tareas domésticas.
c. la asistenta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
My grandmother and her sisters all worked as domestic servants or chars.Mi abuela y sus hermanas trabajaron todas como criadas o asistentas.
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char
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (colloquial) (United Kingdom)
a. el té
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(tea)
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char [tʃɑːʳ]
transitive verb
(burn black) carbonizar
intransitive verb
carbonizarse
char [tʃɑːʳ]
noun
(Britain) (m)
char [tʃɑːʳ]
noun
(charwoman)
intransitive verb
limpiar; trabajar como asistenta
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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