Ebon·​ics ē-ˈbä-niks How to pronounce Ebonics (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction

Examples of Ebonics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since utterances were only weakly correlated with income and education then perhaps the shorter utterance lengths is a characteristic of their race – perhaps pointing towards the controversial language of Ebonics [26]. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 12 Nov. 2013

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Word History


blend of ebony and phonics

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Ebonics was in 1973

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“Ebonics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ebonics. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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