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[broo-ley, broo-lee; French bry-ley] /bruˈleɪ, ˈbru li; French brüˈleɪ/
noun, plural brulés
[broo-leyz, broo-leez; French bry-ley] /bruˈleɪz, ˈbru liz; French brüˈleɪ/ (Show IPA)
(in the Pacific Northwest) an area of forest destroyed by fire.
Canadian. land covered with rocks or scrub growth.
Origin of brulé
1785-95, Americanism; < French: burnt, past participle of brûler; see broil1


[broo-ley] /bruˈleɪ/
noun, plural Brulés (especially collectively) Brulé.
a member of a North American Indian people belonging to the Teton branch of the Dakota. Unabridged
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  • These services were conducted by Rev. Nesse from brule, who became the first pastor of these people.

  • And this small favor—it was the very least I could do for brule.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • brule was the first Frenchman known to have joined the savages, to become one of them, and adopt their manner of life.

    Niagara Peter A. (Peter Augustus) Porter
  • The houses at the mouth of the Marias were burned after the company moved to brule bottom.

    Then and Now Robert Vaughn
  • They stood amazed, then turned to fly; but brule, gaunt with famine, flung down his weapons in token of friendship.

  • Then came three canoes bearing brule and his Huron companions.

    Ethel Morton at Chautauqua Mabell S. C. Smith
  • Two of these marten boxes were left by one of our crews in the middle of a brule.

    Canadian Wilds Martin Hunter
  • brule Marston met her about the same time, and then the mischief started.

    The Man from Jericho Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • brule pointed to the inky clouds as tokens of the anger of his God.

  • brule Marston was hot-headed, rash, impetuous and domineering as a young man.

    The Man from Jericho Edwin Carlile Litsey
British Dictionary definitions for brule


(sometimes not capital) short for bois-brûlé
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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