Translation of "black" - English-French dictionary


adjectiveblack /blæk/
having the darkest color

the black night sky
le ciel noir la nuit

a black dress
une robe noire
from a race whose ancestors are from Africa

the first black governor
le premier gouverneur noir
unpleasant and sad

a black day in our history
un jour sombre de notre histoire
joking about things not usually considered funny

black humor
humour noir


noun uncountable black /blæk/
the darkest color
noir masculine

The car comes in grey and black.
La voiture existe en gris et noir.

(Translation of “black” from the GLOBAL English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)


adjective /blӕk/

of the colour in which these words are printed

black paint.

without light

a black night
The night was black and starless.


His hands were black with engine grease.

without milk

black coffee.


black magic.

(often offensive

currently acceptable in the United States, South Africa etc) Negro, of African, West Indian descent.

(especially South Africa) coloured; of mixed descent (increasingly used by people of mixed descent to refer to themselves).

blackness noun

blacken verb

to make or become black

noircir, (s’)assombrir
The sky blackened before the storm.

to make to seem bad

The scandal had blackened his reputation.

to clean with black polish

passer au cirage noir
He blackened his boots.
black art/magic

magic performed for evil reasons

magie noire
It was rumoured that she practised black magic.
blackbird noun

a dark-coloured bird of the thrush family.

blackboard noun

a dark-coloured board for writing on in chalk (used especially in schools).

tableau (noir)
black box

a built-in machine for automatic recording of the details of a plane’s flight

boîte noire
They found the black box two miles away from the wreckage of the crashed plane.
the Black Death noun

the plague that killed large numbers of people in Europe in the 14th to 18th centuries

La peste noire
black eye

an eye with bad bruising around it (eg from a punch)

oeil au beurre noir
The boxer had a black eye after the fight.
blackhead noun

a small black-topped lump in a pore of the skin, especially of the face.

point noir
blacklist noun

a list of people who are out of favour etc.

liste noire
blackmail verb

to obtain money illegally from (a person), usually by threatening to make known something which the victim wants to keep secret.

faire chanter
The politician was being blackmailed by an ex-girlfriend.
blackmailer noun

Black Maria /məˈraiə/

a prison van

panier à salade
The policeman took the three suspects to the police station in a Black Maria.
black market

(a place for) the illegal buying and selling, at high prices, of goods that are scarce, rationed etc

marché noir
You can get coffee on the black market.
black marketeer

a person who sells goods on the black market.

trafiquant du marché noir
blackout noun

(also outage) a period of a general power failure.


a ban (on news etc)

a blackout of news about the coup.

a period of darkness produced by putting out all lights

panne de courant
the wartime blackout.

a period of unconsciousness

He has had several blackouts during his illness.

a brief, temporary loss of memory, as when an actor forgets his/her lines.

trou de mémoire

(in the theatre) the putting out of the stage lights at the end of a scene etc.

obscurcissement (de la scène)
black sheep

a member of a family or group who is unsatisfactory in some way

brebis galeuse
My brother is the black sheep of the family.
blacksmith noun

a person who makes and repairs by hand things made of iron

The blacksmith made a new shoe for the horse.
black and blue

badly bruised

couvert de bleus
After the fight, the boy was all black and blue.
black out

to lose consciousness

tomber sans connaissance
He blacked out for almost a minute.
in black and white

in writing or print

noir sur blanc
Would you put that down in black and white?



something (eg paint) black in colour

I’ve used up all the black.

(often with capital

Noir, Noire
often offensive: currently acceptable in the United states, South Africa etc) a Negro
a person of African, West Indian etc descent.

(Translation of “black” from the PASSWORD English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)