Meaning of “the Black Death” in the English Dictionary

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"the Black Death" in British English

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the Black Deathnoun [ S ]

uk /ˌblæk ˈdeθ/ us /ˌblæk ˈdeθ/

Examples from literature

  • But with the ravages of the Black Death and the decrease of population labour at once became scarce and dear. 
  • One of the proctors who started with him to Rome died on the way of the Black Death. 
  • The fearful epidemic, known as the Black Death, which devastated Europe in that century, seems to have aggravated the haunting terror of the invisible world of demons. 
  • The most striking example was in the half-century after the Black Death, which carried off nearly half the population. 
  • We heard of it in a helpless sort of way, as if it had been the plague or the Black Death, and thought of its victims as doomed. 

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

"Black Death" in American English

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Black Deathnoun

us /ˈblæk ˈdeθ/

world history a serious disease that killed a great many people in Africa, Asia, and Europe in the fourteenth century; the plague

(Definition of “Black Death” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)