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Spanish translation of “black”


adjective /blӕk/
of the colour in which these words are printed black paint. without light a black night The night was black and starless. dirty His hands were black with engine grease. without milk
black coffee.
evil 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 The sky blackened before the storm. to make to seem bad
pintar mal a alguien o algo, mostrar el lado negativo
The scandal had blackened his reputation.
to clean with black polish He blackened his boots.
black art/magic magic performed for evil reasons 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). black box a built-in machine for automatic recording of the details of a plane’s flight 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 black eye an eye with bad bruising around it (eg from a punch)
ojo amoratado/morado/a la funerala/a la virulé
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.
punto negro, comedón, espinilla
blacklist noun a list of people who are out of favour etc. blackmail verb to obtain money illegally from (a person), usually by threatening to make known something which the victim wants to keep secret. The politician was being blackmailed by an ex-girlfriend. blackmailer noun Black Maria /məˈraiə/ a prison van 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 You can get coffee on the black market. black marketeer a person who sells goods on the black market. 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 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. (in the theatre) the putting out of the stage lights at the end of a scene etc. black sheep a member of a family or group who is unsatisfactory in some way 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
amoratado, lleno de moratones, lleno de cardenales
After the fight, the boy was all black and blue.
black out to lose consciousness He blacked out for almost a minute. in black and white in writing or print
por escrito, sobre papel
Would you put that down in black and white?
(Definition of black from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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