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Definition of "black" []

  • Being of the color black, producing or reflecting comparatively little light and having no predominant hue. (adjective)
  • Having little or no light: a black, moonless night. (adjective)
  • Of or belonging to a racial group having brown to black skin, especially one of African origin: the Black population of South Africa. (adjective)
  • Of or belonging to an American ethnic group descended from African peoples having dark skin; African-American. (adjective)
  • Very dark in color: rich black soil; black, wavy hair. (adjective)
  • Of the colour of jet or carbon black, having no hue due to the absorption of all or nearly all incident light (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Without light; completely dark (adjective)
  • Without hope or alleviation; gloomy (adjective)
  • Very dirty or soiled (adjective)
  • Angry or resentful (adjective)
  • (of a play or other work) dealing with the unpleasant realities of life, esp in a pessimistic or macabre manner (adjective)
  • (of coffee or tea) without milk or cream (adjective)
  • Causing, resulting from, or showing great misfortune (adjective)
  • Wicked or harmful (adjective)
  • (in combination) (adjective)
  • Causing or deserving dishonour or censure (adjective)
  • (of the face) purple, as from suffocation (adjective)
  • (of goods, jobs, works, etc) being subject to boycott by trade unionists, esp in support of industrial action elsewhere (adjective)
  • A black colour (noun)
  • A dye or pigment of or producing this colour (noun)
  • Black clothing, worn esp as a sign of mourning (noun)
  • A black or dark-coloured piece or square (noun)
  • The player playing with such pieces (noun)
  • Complete darkness (noun)
  • A black ball in snooker, etc (noun)
  • (in roulette and other gambling games) one of two colours on which players may place even bets, the other being red (noun)
  • A black ring on a target, between the outer and the blue, scoring three points (noun)
  • To polish (shoes, etc) with blacking (verb)
  • To bruise so as to make black (verb)
  • (of trade unionists) to organize a boycott of (specified goods, jobs, work, etc), esp in support of industrial action elsewhere (verb)

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Use "black" in a sentence
  • "And, a decade later, the "Black Male Initiative" of the City University of New York--the target of another complaint we brought that the Feds have refused to decide much less declare illegal--also vouched for "the data" about the importance of black male role models for black boys."
  • "Black women also get oddly, back-handedly criticized for being too functional -- for being the majority of black college graduates and growing old alone."
  • "Black Catholics vote just like black non-Catholics."