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black

adjective, noun [U]  us   /blæk/

black adjective, noun [U] (COLOR)

(of) the darkest color there is, like night: He was dressed all in black. Black coffee or tea has no milk or cream in it.

black

adjective  us   /blæk/

black adjective (DARK SKIN)

[-er/-est only] of or belonging to a group of people having skin that is brown, esp. African-American people: As a black woman, I am proud of my African-American heritage. Note: Although African-American is the word preferred by many, black is also widely used and is not offensive: Black leaders disagreed over how to respond. As a noun, African-American is now more commonly used, but when describing historical events, black may be used.

black adjective (SAD OR BAD)

without hope, very bad, or sad: The blackest time of all was when his eyes failed.
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