black death

noun, often capitalized B&D

Definition of black death

1 : plague 2b
2 : a severe epidemic of plague and especially bubonic plague that occurred in Asia and Europe in the 14th century

Recent Examples of black death from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'black death.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of black death

from the black patches formed on the skin of its victims


Medical Dictionary

black death

noun
variants: or Black Death

medical Definition of black death

: plague 2; also : a severe epidemic of plague and especially bubonic plague that occurred in Asia and Europe in the 14th century

Learn More about black death


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up black death? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

sticky or viscid

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!