black ink

noun

Definition of black ink

  1. :  a business profit or surplus While battered rivals … are only now glimpsing black ink, Cisco is racking up record profits. — Peter Burrows, Business Week, 24 Nov. 2003 :  the condition of showing a profit Corporations … have realized that green behavior can mean black ink … — Sharon Begley, Newsweek, 24 Apr. 2000 — compare red ink

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of black ink

from the use of black ink in financial statements to indicate a profit


First Known Use: 1932


Seen and Heard

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

WORD OF THE DAY

a brief usually trivial fact

Get Word of the Day daily email!