black belt

1 of 2

noun (1)

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

black belt

2 of 2

noun (2)

: an area characterized by rich black soil
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

Examples of black belt in a Sentence

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In the close-up snap, David appeared to wear a white shirt, a black belt and jeans. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2024 Her outfit consisted of a black low-cut dress worn with a standout gold and black belt that exuded Schiaparelli energy. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 7 Mar. 2024 On February 21, Clarkson wore a collared button-up version of the one-and-done closet staple teamed with a black belt and red platform heels while hosting an episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show. Averi Baudler, Peoplemag, 12 Mar. 2024 O’Brian, a real-life bodybuilder and Hapkido black belt and a former cop, packs more onscreen wow factor than any fantastical CG super suit. Amy Nicholson, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2024 Kate Middleton stepped out alongside Prince William last month in a black version, finishing the look with a plaid coat and black belt. Jamie Allison Sanders, Peoplemag, 29 Feb. 2024 Hill wrote the original 1989 film, which starred Patrick Swayze as Dalton, a bouncer with a Ph.D. in philosophy and a karate black belt who is hired to clean up a bad bar in a small Missouri town. Lauren Huff,, 27 Feb. 2024 Drawing inspiration from the Shaolin Kung fu tradition where a black belt is expected to produce ten more black belts, succession planning in business is about creating a lineage of leaders. Satyen Raja, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 The first look is a sheer black lacy number, worn over high-waist briefs and cinched at the waist with a black belt. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 15 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1911, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of black belt was in 1832

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“Black belt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

black belt

: one holding the rating of expert especially in various arts of self-defense (such as karate)
also : the rating itself

Geographical Definition

Black Belt

geographical name

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

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