archaic : producing a swarthy complexion
swartness noun

Examples of swart in a Sentence

in bodice rippers the hero is often a swart man of passion and mystery

Word History


Middle English, from Old English sweart; akin to Old High German swarz black, Latin sordes dirt

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of swart was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near swart

Cite this Entry

“Swart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swart. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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