black-and-white

adjective
\ ˌbla-kən-ˈ(h)wīt How to pronounce black-and-white (audio) \

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)

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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The first known use of black-and-white was in the 14th century

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“Black-and-white.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black-and-white. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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