black book


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

Examples of black book in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here, Molly opens up her ‘little black book’ to reveal her must-see places across the world. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 Nash was leafing through a little black book that Diles had taken from Holmes’s pocket. Mike Sager, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2021 There’s also the hotel’s ‘little black book’ of addresses and exclusive experiences for those wanting to explore London. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 His black book was stuffed with international stars, many of whom paid tribute via video. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 24 Mar. 2021 The little black book of opposing players’ tendencies kept by Britain’s field hockey goalie Maddie Hinch is a rich detail. Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2020 Ellis was a beacon of the New York art and entertainment world, known for his convivial air, penchant for playful fibbing, and teeming black book. Jordan Coley, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2020 Here, shop the best flower delivery services in our little black book to order online for —and beyond. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Apr. 2020 The notion of a place dedicated solely to rare black books came while Duffy was a student at the New School in New York, living in the East Village. NBC News, 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of black book

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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17 Oct 2021

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“Black book.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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