Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “black”

See all translations

black

adjective uk   /blæk/ us  

black adjective (COLOUR)

A1 having the darkest colour there is, like the colour of coal or of a very dark night: black shoes
More examples

black adjective (PEOPLE)

A2 ( also Black) relating or belonging to people with black or dark brown skin, especially people who live in Africa or whose family originally came from Africa: black culture Black Americans
More examples

black adjective (COFFEE/TEA)

without any milk or cream added: a cup of strong black coffee I like my tea black, with sugar.

black adjective (BAD)

without hope: The future looked black. literary bad or evil: a black-hearted villain

black

noun uk   /blæk/ us  

black

verb [T] uk   /blæk/ us  

black verb [T] (MAKE DARK)

to put a black substance on something or to make something black: The soldiers used to black their faces.

black verb [T] (AVOID)

UK If a trade union blacks goods or people, it refuses to handle or work with them.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of black from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of black?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “black” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

punt

a long, narrow boat with a flat bottom and a square area at each end, moved by a person standing on one of the square areas and pushing a long pole against the bottom of the river

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

dumbwalking noun

April 20, 2015
walking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

Read More