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black

adjective
 
 
/blæk/
COLOUR A1 being the colour of coal or of the sky on a very dark night: a black jacket Black, white and grey
PERSON A2 Someone who is black has the dark skin typical of people from Africa: black athletes/AmericansBlack, white and greyThe skin, and skin colourPeople of specific racial or ethnic background
OF BLACK PEOPLE relating to black people: the black communityPeople of specific racial or ethnic background
DRINK Black tea or coffee has no milk or cream added to it.Warm drinks
HUMOUR funny about unpleasant or frightening subjects: black comedyHumour and humorousDeath and dying
ANGRY angry: He gave her a black look.Angry and displeasedBad-tempered
SITUATION If your situation or future is black, it is very bad.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
blackness noun [U] →  See also pitch-black , jet-black , black and blue , black and white
(Definition of black adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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