black·​board ˈblak-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce blackboard (audio)
: a hard smooth usually dark surface used especially in a classroom for writing or drawing on with chalk

Examples of blackboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Every day the restaurant posts 10 to 12 dishes on a blackboard. Luisita Lopez Torregrosa, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 There are no more children in the village, her dolls sit at the desks now, or stand at the blackboard in the pose of teaching. Frederick Kaufman, Harper's Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 Image Image And unlike pop-culture portrayals of theoretical physicists — solitarily scribbling away on blackboards, enveloped in clouds of chalk dust — Dr. Massey likes working with people. Katrina Miller, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2024 In honor of her childhood, James has outfitted Cultural DC’s Mobile Art Gallery to evoke a D.C. school, with a tiled floor and walls that look like blackboards, complete with words and simple drawings rendered in white marks. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2024 The teacher had asked his pupils to step up to the blackboard and describe a scene from nature. Hazlitt, 28 Feb. 2024 According to a press release, customers will be able to play pool, sit in Moe’s office, write their punishments on the blackboard and more. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2024 Sugrue would get through almost all his blackboard notes every class, proceeding entirely on audience initiative. John Byron Kuhner, National Review, 3 Feb. 2024 Not much else counted as decor, save for the massive blackboard on the wall listing the menu’s seven or so options and their many ingredients. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1739, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blackboard was in 1739

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“Blackboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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black·​board ˈblak-ˌbō(ə)rd How to pronounce blackboard (audio)

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