blackamoor

noun
black·​a·​moor | \ ˈbla-kə-ˌmu̇r How to pronounce blackamoor (audio) \
plural blackamoors

Definition of blackamoor

1 or less commonly Blackamoor : a European style of decorative art in which dark-skinned usually male human figures are depicted in a stylized and ornate form also : an object of decorative art (such as a statue or a piece of jewelry) in this style

Note: Blackamoor art is controversial and is often considered racist.

Today exuberance reigns, the rooms having been infiltrated by antique Egyptian figurines, tomb rubbings, Asian vases, blackamoors, marble busts … , and oil portraits in brightly gilded frames.
— Meredith Etherington-Smith often used before another noun The next month, another royal—Princess Michael of Kent—caused controversy after wearing a racist blackamoor brooch to the Queen's yearly Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace. — Julia Arciga As a general rule, the blackamoor figures found on the current market are presented as servant figures bearing light by holding a candle, candelabra or torch, or the figure may be holding up a tabletop or carrying a basket of fruit. — Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson
2 dated, offensive : a dark-skinned person especially : black sense 4a

First Known Use of blackamoor

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for blackamoor

irregular from black + Moor

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20 Jan 2021

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“Blackamoor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blackamoor. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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