Definition of anthracite in English:



mass noun
  • 1Coal of a hard variety that contains relatively pure carbon and burns with little flame and smoke.

    • ‘Coal is usually classified into the sub-groups known as anthracite, bituminous, lignite, and peat.’
    • ‘‘Unfortunately, Bulgarian coal is lignite, we have no anthracite, no petrol or gas,’ he said.’
    • ‘Peat is an accumulation of virtually unaltered plant material, while anthracite is nearly pure carbon with little trace of the original plant material.’
    • ‘They all burn anthracite there so the sky is orange.’
    • ‘Since the mountains of Appalachia were rich in anthracite, a superior grade of coal, the industry grew rapidly.’
    1. 1.1 A dark grey colour.
      ‘a wide range of colours from anthracite to blush pink’
      as modifier ‘the anthracite finish on these cupboard doors’
      • ‘While our review sample was anthracite, the Quality Mat is also available in blue, red and orange.’
      • ‘Colours are combined with all shades of grey, ranging from silver to anthracite, accented with rose or fuchsia.’
      • ‘The use of block colours in black, anthracite, charcoal gray, indigo, winter white and red-brown complements this understated and practical collection.’
      • ‘The rest of the interior trim is standard save for the anthracite grey instrument dials.’
      • ‘Each display is available in a choice of colours: white, anthracite and blue.’


Late 16th century (denoting a gem described by Pliny and said to resemble coals, supposedly hydrophane (a type of opal)): from Greek anthrakitēs, from anthrax, anthrak- ‘coal’.