black book


: a book containing a blacklist entry 1
: 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

Examples of black book in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The suspect in the June 13 theft is described as Black and was wearing a gray sweater and carrying a black book bag. Thomas Tracy, New York Daily News, 25 June 2024 Feeling stung by Josephine’s barbs, Reena steals her black book. Erin Qualey, Vulture, 17 Apr. 2024 This evidence, along with a list of six kids in the CMC (Crip Mafia Cartel) from Josephine’s black book is enough for the cops to round up all these teens for questioning. Erin Qualey, Vulture, 17 Apr. 2024 For that, the team opens up its little black book to create one-off experiences worldwide. The Editors, Robb Report, 13 Mar. 2024 From New York bakeries to brunch in Paris, here, Law opens up her little black book to Vogue. Iris Law, Vogue, 2 Jan. 2024 His infamous black book is full of recognizable figures including Prince Andrew, former President Bill Clinton, Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Bill Cosby, Rupert Murdoch, former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and John Kerry, and former President Trump. Nikki McCann Ramirez, Rolling Stone, 30 Aug. 2023 Pretty soon a government official ends up dead and the bad guys possess a little black book listing all the corruption and misdeeds of Detroit officials. Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 17 July 2023 Beyond that, the jury had seen phone message records, the household manual, a little black book containing victims’ names, FedEx invoices, and bank records showing Epstein paid Maxwell $30.7 million during and shortly after the years of the abuse alleged by the four victims. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 20 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of black book was in 1548

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“Black book.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

black book

: a book containing a blacklist
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