or bru·lée

[broo-ley, broo-lee; French bry-ley]
noun, plural bru·lés [broo-leyz, broo-leez; French bry-ley] /bruˈleɪz, ˈbru liz; French brüˈleɪ/.
  1. (in the Pacific Northwest) an area of forest destroyed by fire.
  2. Canadian. land covered with rocks or scrub growth.

Origin of brulé

1785–95, Americanism; < French: burnt, past participle of brûler; see broil1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for brulee



  1. (sometimes not capital) short for bois-brûlé
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Word Origin and History for brulee

from French brûlée "burned," from brûler, from Old French brusler (11c.); see broil (v.1). Crème brûlée was known in English by various names from early 18c., including a translated burnt cream.

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