black book

noun

Definition of black book

1 : a book containing a blacklist entry 1
2 : an address book containing especially the names of multiple romantic partners usually used in the phrase little black book It also explores Carla's knack for finding her way into the insular and disparate worlds of fashion, rock and roll (and Mick Jagger's little black book) …— Tracy McNicoll

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The black book contains more than 1,000 names, ranging from close friends like Wexner to peripheral contacts from the worlds of politics, business, the media and European high society. oregonlive, "After billionaire Epstein’s arrest on sex trafficking, prosecutors warn his ‘Lolita Express’ pals to come forward," 9 July 2019 His notorious little black book and private-jet manifests contained a long list of boldface names, including Victoria’s Secret founder Leslie Wexner and former President Bill Clinton. oregonlive, "After billionaire Epstein’s arrest on sex trafficking, prosecutors warn his ‘Lolita Express’ pals to come forward," 9 July 2019 The contents of the black book become public as part of several civil lawsuits. Fox News, "Jeffrey Epstein dead: Timeline of sexual abuse allegations and related legal cases," 18 July 2019 His black book of contacts filled up with phone numbers with Columbus’s 614 area code. Emily Steel, New York Times, "How Jeffrey Epstein Used the Billionaire Behind Victoria’s Secret for Wealth and Women," 25 July 2019 McMillen’s name is listed in Epstein’s black book, the financier’s private contacts of famous friends and acquaintances that Gawker published in 2015. Erin Cox, Washington Post, "Who is the tall guy in that Epstein-Trump video? Marylanders remember.," 19 July 2019 Why are black book reviewers so hard to find on YouTube? Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "In The Presidential Debate, Biden and Buttigieg Fall Short on Race: RaceAhead," 28 June 2019 The independents are getting behind black books and so are the establishments that give the awards. NBC News, "How Dawn Davis is bringing marginalized voices into book stores across America," 27 June 2019 His little black book contained phone numbers of handball players in Cape Cod and Sarasota, Fla., as well as our hometown of Pittsburgh. Lou Weiss, WSJ, "My Father’s Big, Beautiful Wall," 2 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of black book

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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