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 inkSharon Begley, Newsweek, 24 Apr. 2000
compare red ink

Word History


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

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of black ink was in 1932

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“Black ink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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