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English definition of “black”

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 shoesBlack, white and grey

black adjective (PEOPLE)

Black A2 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 AmericansThe skin, and skin colour

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.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad literary bad or evil: a black-hearted villainSerious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for badMorally wrong and evilDishonest

black

noun uk   /blæk/ us  

black noun (COLOUR)

A2 [U] the colour of coal or of the sky on a very dark night: She often dresses in black (= in black clothes).Black, white and grey black and white describes photography that has no colours except black, white, and grey: The old newsreels were filmed in black and white. a black and white photoPhotography

black noun (PEOPLE)

Black a black personPeople of specific racial or ethnic background

black

verb [T] uk   /blæk/ us  

black verb [T] (MAKE DARK)

to put a black substance on something or to make something black: The commandos blacked their faces.Black, white and grey

black verb [T] (AVOID)

If a trade union blacks goods or people, it refuses to handle or work with them.Forbidding and banning things
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of black from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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