black·​a·​moor ˈbla-kə-ˌmu̇r How to pronounce blackamoor (audio)
plural blackamoors
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
dated, offensive : a dark-skinned person
especially : black sense 4a

Word History


black entry 1 + moor; source of the medial -a- uncertain

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of blackamoor was in 1581

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Cite this Entry

“Blackamoor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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