Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “black”

See all translations

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 shoes
More examples

black adjective (PEOPLE)

A2 ( also Black) 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 Americans
More examples

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. literary bad or evil: a black-hearted villain

black

noun uk   /blæk/ us  

black

verb [T] uk   /blæk/ us  

black verb [T] (MAKE DARK)

to put a black substance on something or to make something black: The soldiers used to black their faces.

black verb [T] (AVOID)

UK If a trade union blacks goods or people, it refuses to handle or work with them.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of black from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of black?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “black” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

piglet

a baby pig

Word of the Day

I won’t tolerate it! Replacing formal words with phrasal verbs.

by Liz Walter,
April 01, 2015
When you are using a language, it is important to understand if a word is formal or informal, so that you can use it in an appropriate way. You might hear people saying dosh for money, or spud for potato, but they wouldn’t write those words in a formal essay. Similarly, a

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More