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black

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adjective \ˈblak\

Definition of black

  1. 1a :  of the color black (see 2black 2) <a black sweater> <a black dog> <as black as coal>b (1) :  very dark in color <his face was black with rage> (2) :  having a very deep or low register (see 1register 4b) <a bass with a black voice> (3) :  heavy, serious <the play was a black intrigue>

  2. 2a :  having dark skin, hair, and eyes :  swarthy <the black Irish>b (1) often capitalized :  of or relating to any of various population groups having dark pigmentation of the skin <black Americans> (2) :  of or relating to the African-American people or their culture <black literature> <a black college> <black pride> <black studies> (3) :  typical or representative of the most readily perceived characteristics of black culture <trying to sound black> <tried to play blacker jazz>

  3. 3 :  dressed in black (see 2black 2) <playing for the black team>

  4. 4 :  dirty, soiled <hands black with grime>

  5. 5a :  characterized by the absence of light <a black night>b :  reflecting or transmitting little or no light <black water>c :  served without milk or cream <black coffee>

  6. 6a :  thoroughly sinister or evil :  wicked <a black deed>b :  indicative of condemnation or discredit <got a black mark for being late>

  7. 7 :  connected with or invoking the supernatural and especially the devil <black magic> <the black arts>

  8. 8a :  very sad, gloomy, or calamitous <black despair>b :  marked by the occurrence of disaster <black Friday>

  9. 9 :  characterized by hostility or angry discontent :  sullen <black resentment filled his heart>

  10. 10 chiefly British :  subject to boycott by trade-union members as employing or favoring nonunion workers or as operating under conditions considered unfair by the trade union <a ship that was declared black by the union>

  11. 11a of propaganda :  conducted so as to appear to originate within an enemy country and designed to weaken enemy morale <disseminating black propaganda>b :  characterized by or connected with the use of black propaganda <black radio>

  12. 12 :  characterized by grim, distorted, or grotesque satire <black humor>

  13. 13 :  of or relating to covert intelligence operations <black government programs>

blackish

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blackly

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blackness

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Examples of black in a sentence

  1. <a little black dress blends into the night very well>

Origin and Etymology of black

Middle English blak, from Old English blæc; akin to Old High German blah black, and probably to Latin flagrare to burn, Greek phlegein


First Known Use: before 12th century


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black

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Definition of black

  1. 1 :  a pigment or dye of the color black :  a black pigment or dye; especially :  one consisting largely of carbon

  2. 2 :  the achromatic (see achromatic 3) color of least lightness characteristically perceived to belong to objects that neither reflect nor transmit light <walls painted in black>

  3. 3 :  something that is black: such asa :  black clothing <looks good in black>b :  a black animal (as a horse)c baseball :  the narrow, black edge of home plate <a pitch on the black [=a pitch that crosses over the very edge of home plate]>

  4. 4a :  a person belonging to any of various population groups having dark pigmentation of the skinb :  african-american <a position supported by both blacks and whites> <blacks and other people of color>

  5. 5 in board games :  the pieces of a dark color in a board game for two players (as chess) <black moves first>

  6. 6 :  total or nearly total absence of light <the black of night>

  7. 7 :  the condition of making a profit —usually used with the <operating in the black> — compare red

Examples of black in a sentence

  1. The wall was painted in black.

  2. a mixture of grays and blacks

  3. She was dressed in black.

Origin and Etymology of black

see 1black


First Known Use: before 12th century


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black

verb

Definition of black

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to become black (see 1black)

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to make black <blacked his boots>

  5. 2 chiefly British :  to declare (as a business or industry) subject to boycott by trade-union members <Union members have blacked the company.>

Examples of black in a sentence

  1. He blacked his boots with polish.

  2. Labor union members have blacked the company.

Origin and Etymology of black

see 1black


First Known Use: 13th century


Black

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biographical name \ˈblak\

Definition of Black

  1. Hugo LaFayette 1886–1971 American jurist and politician


Black

biographical name

Definition of Black

  1. Sir James Whyte 1924–2010 British pharmacologist


Black

geographical name

Definition of Black

  1. 1 river 101 miles (162 kilometers) long in east central Louisiana flowing south into the Red River

  2. 2 or in China Amo \ˈä-ˈmō\play or in Vietnam Da \ˈdä\play river 500 miles (805 kilometers) long in southeastern Asia rising in central Yunnan, China, and flowing southeast to the Red River in northern Vietnam



BLACK Defined for English Language Learners

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black

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adjective \ˈblak\

Definition of black for English Language Learners

  • : having the very dark color of coal or the night sky

  • : very dark because there is no light

  • : of or relating to a race of people who have dark skin and who come originally from Africa


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black

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Definition of black for English Language Learners

  • : the dark color of coal or the night sky

  • : black clothing

  • : a person belonging to a race of people who have dark skin : a black person


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black

verb

Definition of black for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) black

  • : to refuse to work for or with (a business, employer, etc.) or to buy (goods, services, etc.)


BLACK Defined for Kids

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black

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adjective \ˈblak\

Definition of black for Students

blacker

blackest

  1. 1 :  of the color of coal :  colored black

  2. 2 :  very dark <a black night>

  3. 3 often cap :  of or relating to any peoples having dark skin and especially any of the original peoples of Africa south of the Sahara

  4. 4 :  of or relating to Americans having ancestors from Africa south of the Sahara

  5. 5 :  wicked 1 <a black deed>

  6. 6 :  very sad or gloomy <in a black mood>

  7. 7 :  unfriendly 1 <a black look>

blackish

adjective

blackness

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black

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noun

Definition of black for Students

  1. 1 :  the color of coal :  the opposite of white

  2. 2 :  black clothing <He is dressed in black.>

  3. 3 :  a person belonging to a race of people having dark skin

  4. 4 :  an American having black African ancestors :  african-american

  5. 5 :  total or near total darkness <the black of night>

  6. 6 :  the condition of making a profit <The company is in the black.>


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black

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verb

Definition of black for Students

blacked

blacking

  1. :  blacken 1

black out

  1. :  to lose consciousness or the ability to see for a short time



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