black-and-white

adjective
\ ˌbla-kən-ˈhwīt How to pronounce black-and-white (audio) , -ˈwīt\

Definition of black-and-white

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : partly black and partly white in color
2 : being in writing or print
3 : executed in dark pigment on a light background or in light pigment on a dark ground a black-and-white drawing
4 : monochrome sense 2 black-and-white film black-and-white television
5a : sharply divided into good and evil
b : evaluating or viewing things as either all good or all bad black-and-white morality
c : sharply defined : clear-cut the truth is not always black-and-white

black-and-white

noun (1)

Definition of black-and-white (Entry 2 of 3)

black and white

noun (2)

Definition of black and white (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : writing, print
2 : a drawing or print done in black and white or in monochrome
3 : monochrome reproduction of visual images (as by photography or television)

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Cyrus posted three black and white photos with Hemsworth from their wedding day at the end of December 2018. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Shares New Wedding Photos in Honor of Valentine's Day," 14 Feb. 2019 On a drizzly day in China’s Sichuan Province, Ami Vitale sat on a mountainside clad in a black and white panda suit, dappled with panda urine and feces. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "Why Photographing Pandas Is More Challenging Than You Might Think," 21 May 2018 Check out her gorgeous look: The 48-year-old actress showed up at the 2019 Oscars red carpet looking like a winner in a caped black and white jumpsuit. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Melissa McCarthy Stands Out in a Stunning Jumpsuit and Cape on the Oscars Red Carpet," 25 Feb. 2019 In one, Scalamandre shell wallpaper features black and white graphic sketches. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Vivacious Canadian Lake House With a Joyful Sense of Irreverence," 24 Dec. 2018 He was last seen wearing a black shirt, gray pants, and black and white shoes. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "Police seeking help to find 13-year-old Van Nuys girl," 8 July 2018 McClellan keeps 100,000 gallons of it stockpiled in rows of hulking, black and white plastic bags adjacent to the tarmac. Julia Sclafani And Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Seen those tankers above Sacramento? The low-down on Cal Fire's biggest base at McClellan," 3 July 2018 As The Hollywood Reporter explains, the new posters have characters making a comeback for the film displayed in full color, and those have that passed are featured in black and white. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "New "Avengers: End Game" Posters Are Being Turned Into Viral Memes," 27 Mar. 2019 Shot in black and white and set around 1971, Roma — named for the Mexico City neighborhood in which Cuarón was raised — begins with a long, unmoving shot from above. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roma, from celebrated director Alfonso Cuarón, is one of the year’s best movies," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of black-and-white

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

1958, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1569, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for black-and-white

Noun (1)

from a common color scheme for such cars

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black-and-white

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of black-and-white

: partly black and partly white in color
: having, showing, or producing pictures that do not have colors except for black, white, and shades of gray
: involving a simple choice between things that are clearly opposite and especially between good and bad or right and wrong

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