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/.

(in the Pacific Northwest) an area of forest destroyed by fire.
Canadian. land covered with rocks or scrub growth.

Nearby words

  1. bruiser,
  2. bruising,
  3. bruit,
  4. brule,
  5. brulee,
  6. brumaire,
  7. brumal,
  8. brumby,
  9. brume,
  10. brummagem

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




(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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper