Definition of “black” - English Dictionary

“black” in English

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uk /blæk/ us /blæk/

black adjective (COLOUR)

A1 having the darkest colour there is, like the colour of coal or of a very dark night:

black shoes

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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

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uk /blæk/ us /blæk/

blackverb [ T ]

uk /blæk/ us /blæk/

(Definition of “black” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“black” in American English

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blackadjective, noun [ U ]

us /blæk/

black adjective, noun [ U ] (COLOR)

(of) the darkest color there is, like night:

He was dressed all in black.

Black coffee or tea has no milk or cream in it.


us /blæk/

black adjective (DARK SKIN)

[ -er/-est only ] of or belonging to a group of people having skin that is brown, esp. African-American people:

As a black woman, I am proud of my African-American heritage.
Note: Although African-American is the word preferred by many, black is also widely used and is not offensive: Black leaders disagreed over how to respond. As a noun, African-American is now more commonly used, but when describing historical events, black may be used.

black adjective (SAD OR BAD)

without hope, very bad, or sad:

The blackest time of all was when his eyes failed.

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

“black” in Business English

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uk /blæk/ us FINANCE
in the black

FINANCE, ACCOUNTING a company or organization that is in the black has made a profit:

Analysts predict that the group will end the fiscal year in the black.

FINANCE, STOCK MARKET shares that are in the black have increased in value:

Smaller shares ended in the black, but with less dramatic gains than the blue chips.

BANKING, ACCOUNTING a bank account that is in the black has money in it:

We hope that the harder we work, the more our account will stay in the black.
go into/move into/return to, etc. the black

to start making a profit after losing money:

This is the biggest shopping day of the year, when retailers aim to go into the black.

to increase in value:

The main index actually moved back into the black late afternoon.


blackverb [ T ]

uk /blæk/ us

UK if a trade union blacks goods, an organization, etc. it refuses to deal with them

(Definition of “black” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)