\ ˌbla-kən-ˈhwīt How to pronounce black-and-white (audio) , -ˈwīt\

Definition of black-and-white

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : partly black and partly white in color
2 : being in writing or print
3 : executed in dark pigment on a light background or in light pigment on a dark ground a black-and-white drawing
4 : monochrome sense 2 black-and-white film black-and-white television
5a : sharply divided into good and evil
b : evaluating or viewing things as either all good or all bad black-and-white morality
c : sharply defined : clear-cut the truth is not always black-and-white


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Definition of black-and-white (Entry 2 of 3)

black and white

noun (2)

Definition of black and white (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : writing, print
2 : a drawing or print done in black and white or in monochrome
3 : monochrome reproduction of visual images (as by photography or television)

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So likely their characteristic black and white patches are a very effective form of camouflage. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian, "14 Fun Facts About Giant Pandas," 10 Aug. 2019 The main entry opens to an expansive hallway with black and white flooring and a series of French doors that connect two wings. John R. Ellement,, "Doris Kearns Goodwin plans to sell Concord home," 7 Aug. 2019 Other iterations of the shoe are equally cool, including a piano-key black and white version with a shock of neon pink and the heel, and a black, blue, and gold version that is perfect for the colder months. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Stars in the New Puma Campaign for the Brand’s Latest Cali Remix Drop," 5 Aug. 2019 Campos created a playful design, with a big yellow sun and black and white smiley face brightening up the intersection. Susannah Bryan,, "These funky murals are for the streets. And maybe they’ll kick drivers into slow gear.," 4 Aug. 2019 The disparities between Baltimore’s black and white residents are made plain in basic statistics. Osita Nwanevu, The New Yorker, "Baltimore Responds to President Trump," 3 Aug. 2019 Music, both diegetic and non-diegetic, drops out in order to suggest a complete lack of life within that space, except for a fuzzy black and white television owned by a blind man, and watched by a cult deaf to the real concerns of the outside world. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' and the End of Tarantino," 31 July 2019 But the wealth gap between black and white Americans has grown, and 73 percent of black Americans in a January CBS News poll said race relations are generally bad in America. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Trump says people of Baltimore are "living in hell"," 30 July 2019 With its bullet-like shape, stubby wings, and two tone black and white appearance, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle looks like a smaller, cuter version of the manned orbiter that served NASA for decades. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About the Air Force's Secret X-37B Spaceplane," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of black-and-white


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

1958, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1569, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for black-and-white

Noun (1)

from a common color scheme for such cars

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English Language Learners Definition of black-and-white

: partly black and partly white in color
: having, showing, or producing pictures that do not have colors except for black, white, and shades of gray
: involving a simple choice between things that are clearly opposite and especially between good and bad or right and wrong

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