Meaning of “the Black Country” in the English Dictionary


"the Black Country" in English

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the Black Countrynoun

uk /ˈblæk ˌkʌn.tri/ us /ˈblæk ˌkʌn.tri/

Examples from literature

  • Can you drive away the factories of Manchester, the mines of the Black Country, the canals, the buildings, the machinery, the docks, the plant, the apparatus? 
  • It was a fine picture, strongly painted, and was a representation of the Black Country, with its mingled gloom and glare, and its pillar of smoke always hanging over it. 
  • Lancashire sent us her cottons and cloth, the Black Country its steel. 
  • Threats were now openly uttered nightly, and people began to be alarmed, particularly as it was rumoured that a general rising in the Black Country had been arranged for a certain day. 
  • We had glided rapidly across the Black Country, with its furnaces and forges blazing in the darkness, and now the dull red glow of the metropolis was visible on the horizon. 

(Definition of “the Black Country” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)