Meaning of “coal” in the English Dictionary

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"coal" in British English

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coalnoun [ C or U ]

uk /kəʊl/ us /koʊl/

C1 a hard, black substance that is dug from the earth in pieces, and can be burned to produce heat or power, or a single piece of this:

How much coal was mined here?
a burning/red hot coal

More examples

  • Wood and coal are both combustible substances.
  • The coal fire had discoloured the paintwork.
  • Many miners have suffered from the effects of coal dust in their lungs.
  • Wood, coal, oil, petrol and gas are all different kinds of fuel.
  • We ordered a hundredweight of coal.

(Definition of “coal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"coal" in American English

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coalnoun [ C/U ]

us /koʊl/

a hard, black substance that is dug from the earth in lumps and used as a fuel, or a single piece of this substance:

[ U ] Some of those schools still use coal for their heating.

(Definition of “coal” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)