black belt

noun (1)

Definition of black belt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: one who holds the rating of expert in various arts of self-defense (such as judo and karate) also : the rating itself

black belt

noun (2)
\ ˈblak-ˌbelt How to pronounce black belt (audio) \

Definition of black belt (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an area characterized by rich black soil
2 often capitalized both Bs : an area densely populated by black people The story of civil rights in Tuskegee is also a study in ambiguity, for it is a history at once unusual and typical of the Southern black belt.— Jim Haskins

Black Belt

geographical name

Definition of Black Belt (Entry 3 of 3)

strip of rolling prairie land extending across central Alabama and Mississippi with fertile black clayey soil formerly notable for the production of cotton

First Known Use of black belt

Noun (1)

1911, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Black belt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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