black eye

noun
|Updated on: 5 Aug 2018

Definition of black eye

1 : a discoloration of the skin around the eye from bruising
2 a : defeat, setback
b : a bad reputation

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BLACK EYE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of black eye for English Language Learners

  • : a dark area of skin around the eye caused by being hit hard


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black eye

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medical Definition of black eye

: a discoloration of the skin around the eye from bruising

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