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 bookIt 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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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "When Public Television Had a Little “Soul!”," 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, "5 Stylish Floral Delivery Services to Shop Now," 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, "For Keeps! Atlanta's home for rare and classic black books," 9 Jan. 2020 He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans, brown Merrell hiking boots and carrying a black book bag. Kathleen Mcwilliams,, "Private investigator for missing Middletown man says he may have been spotted in New Haven within the last two weeks," 14 Nov. 2019 The little black book in many ways is kind of a manifestation of that. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "What’s Inside Jeffrey Epstein’s Little Black Book?," 22 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of black book

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Black book.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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