Negro

noun
Ne·​gro | \ ˈnē-(ˌ)grō How to pronounce Negro (audio) \
plural Negroes

Definition of Negro

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 dated, often offensive : a person of Black African ancestry
2 dated, often offensive : a member of a group of people formerly considered to constitute a race (see race entry 1 sense 1a) of humans having African ancestry and classified according to physical traits (such as dark skin pigmentation)

Negro

geographical name
Ne·​gro | \ ˈnā-(ˌ)grō How to pronounce Negro (audio) , ˈne- \

Definition of Negro (Entry 2 of 2)

1 river 400 miles (640 kilometers) long in south central Argentina flowing east into the Atlantic
2 river 1400 miles (2253 kilometers) long in eastern Colombia and northern Brazil flowing into the Amazon River
3 river 434 miles (698 kilometers) long in central Uruguay flowing southwest into the Uruguay River

Other Words from Negro

Noun

Negro adjective, dated, often offensive
negroid \ ˈnē-​ˌgrȯid How to pronounce Negro (audio) \ adjective or noun, often capitalized dated, often offensive
Negroness \ ˈnē-​grō-​nəs How to pronounce Negro (audio) \ noun, dated, often offensive

First Known Use of Negro

Noun

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for Negro

Noun

Spanish or Portuguese, from negro black, from Latin nigr-, niger

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Dictionary Entries Near Negro

negritude

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“Negro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Negro. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for Negro

Negro

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Negro

: a person who has dark skin and who belongs to a race of people who are originally from Africa

Negro

noun
Ne·​gro | \ ˈnē-ˌgrō How to pronounce Negro (audio) \
plural Negroes

Kids Definition of Negro

often offensive
: a person of black African ancestry
Hint: In the past, this word was more commonly used and is still used in certain circumstances without offense. However, most people now consider the word offensive.

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