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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kohl]
    • /koʊl/
    • /kəʊl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kohl]
    • /koʊl/

Definitions of coal word

  • uncountable noun coal Coal is a hard black substance that is extracted from the ground and burned as fuel. 3
  • noun plural coal Coals are burning pieces of coal. 3
  • noun coal a combustible compact black or dark-brown carbonaceous rock formed from compaction of layers of partially decomposed vegetation: a fuel and a source of coke, coal gas, and coal tar 3
  • noun coal (as modifier) 3
  • noun coal one or more lumps of coal 3
  • verb coal to take in, provide with, or turn into coal 3

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Origin of coal

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English cole, Old English col; cognate with Dutch kool, German Kohle, Old Norse kol

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Parts of speech for Coal


coal popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for coal

noun coal

  • slack — not tight, taut, firm, or tense; loose: a slack rope.
  • smut — a particle of soot; sooty matter.
  • char — If food chars or if you char it, it burns slightly and turns black as it is cooking.
  • stoke — to poke, stir up, and feed (a fire).
  • carbon — Carbon is a chemical element that diamonds and coal are made up of.

adjective coal

  • pitch-dark — dark or black as pitch: a pitch-dark night.
  • black — lacking hue and brightness; absorbing light without reflecting any of the rays composing it.
  • starless — any of the heavenly bodies, except the moon, appearing as fixed luminous points in the sky at night.
  • stygian — of or relating to the river Styx or to Hades.
  • sloe — the small, sour, blackish fruit of the blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, of the rose family.

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