Spanish translation of “black”
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
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)
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.
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
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
Would you put that down in black and white?