Definition of black ink
: 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
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Origin and Etymology of black ink
from the use of black ink in financial statements to indicate a profit
First Known Use: 1932
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