ne·​gri·​tude ˈne-grə-ˌtüd How to pronounce negritude (audio) ˈnē- How to pronounce negritude (audio)
: a consciousness of and pride in the cultural and physical aspects of African heritage
: the state or condition of being a Black person

Examples of negritude in a Sentence

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Word History


French négritude, from nègre Negro + -i- + -tude

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of negritude was in 1949

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“Negritude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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ne·​gri·​tude ˈneg-rə-ˌt(y)üd How to pronounce negritude (audio) ˈnē-grə- How to pronounce negritude (audio)
: awareness of and pride in the cultural aspects of the African heritage

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