black hand

noun, often capitalized B&H

Definition of black hand

: a lawless secret society engaged in criminal activities (such as terrorism or extortion)

Other Words from black hand

blackhander \ ˈblak-​ˌhan-​dər How to pronounce blackhander (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of black hand

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for black hand

Black Hand, a Sicilian and Italian-American secret society of the late 19th and 20th centuries

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“Black hand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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