black·​board | \ ˈblak-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce blackboard (audio) \

Definition of blackboard

: a hard smooth usually dark surface used especially in a classroom for writing or drawing on with chalk

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Tables spill out onto the sunny pavement and a blackboard on the wall denotes the specials of the day. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Breakfasts (and Brunches!) in Sydney," 13 Mar. 2018 Their teacher standing in front of the room, framed by a blackboard. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Betsy DeVos used Shutterstock picture to attack U.S. schools. Teachers aren’t having it.," 8 Mar. 2018 There are jukeboxes and glass ketchup bottles, plus a blackboard with the daily special written in chalk. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Carnegie Deli Returns to New York City, With a Little Help from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 30 Nov. 2018 Chair legs screech against it throughout the evening like fingernails on a blackboard. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "A Clear-Eyed Assessment of the New Four Seasons—By Someone Who Loved the Old One," 7 Sep. 2018 Start with a bunch of mezze like hummus, spanakopita, and grape leaves; for entrées, try one of the fresh catches on the blackboard specials. Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Houston," 12 Oct. 2018 Adam Smith, ever the British empiricist, would not have approved of reliance on blackboard theorems. Deirdre Mccloskey, WSJ, "‘Adam Smith: Father of Economics’ Review: Obvious, Simple and Wise," 7 Sep. 2018 Letters, words and patterns are drawn in chalk on a blackboard. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "With Batsheva, Politics Inside and Outside the Joyce Theater," 11 July 2018 Peering through the rectangular window of her fifth grade classroom, Margie Horvick-Visconti expected to find rows of desks facing a blackboard. Avalon R. Zoppo,, "A final goodbye to nearly century-old Pennsauken school slated for demolition," 21 May 2018

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1739, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of blackboard

: a smooth, dark surface that is used for writing on with chalk in a classroom


black·​board | \ ˈblak-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce blackboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of blackboard

: a hard smooth dark surface used for writing or drawing on with chalk

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