A black horse.
- The definition of black is covered in darkness or having no light.
An example of black is the color of the sky at night.
- Black is defined as the color that has no light.
An example of black is darkness.
- opposite to white; of the color of coal or pitch
- designating or of any of the dark-skinned traditional inhabitants of sub-Saharan Africa, Australia, or Melanesia or their descendants in other parts of the world
- by, for, or about black people as a group; specif., in the U.S., by, for, or about black Americans: black studies
- totally without light; in complete darkness
- very dark
- without cream, milk, etc.: said of coffee
- soiled; dirty
- wearing black clothing
- evil; wicked; harmful
- full of sorrow or suffering; sad; dismal; gloomy
- sullen or angry: black looks
- without hope: a black future
- inveterate; confirmed; deep-dyed: a black villain
- humorous or satirical in a morbid or cynical way: black comedy
- secret; covert; hidden: a CIA black operator
Origin of blackMiddle English blak from Old English blæc from Indo-European an unverified form bhleg-, burn, gleam (from source Classical Latin flagrare, flame, burn) from base an unverified form bhel-, to gleam, white: origin, originally sense, “sooted, smoke-black from flame”
- black color
- a black pigment, paint, or dye
- any substance or thing that is black
- a spot or area that is black
- black clothes, esp. when worn in mourning
- [sometimesB-] a member of a black people
- complete darkness or absence of light
- Chess the player or side with the black or darker-colored pieces
- to make black; blacken
- to polish with blacking
- to cover (writing, printing, etc.) with black pencil marks or paint
- to cause a blackout in
- to lose consciousness; faint
- to lose all memory of an event or fact
in the black
Origin of blackfrom the practice of entering a credit item in account books with black ink
into the black
- 1886-1971; associate justice, U.S. Supreme Court (1937-71)
- 1728-99; Scot. chemist
- Being of the color black, producing or reflecting comparatively little light and having no predominant hue.
- Having little or no light: a black, moonless night.
- also Black a. Of or belonging to a racial group having brown to black skin, especially one of African origin: the black population of South Africa.b. Of or belonging to an American ethnic group descended from African peoples having dark skin; African-American.
- Very dark in color: rich black soil; black, wavy hair.
- Being a trail, as for skiing, marked with a sign having a black diamond, indicating a high level of difficulty.
- Soiled, as from soot; dirty: feet black from playing outdoors.
- Evil; wicked: the pirates' black deeds.
- Cheerless and depressing; gloomy: black thoughts.
- Being or characterized by morbid or grimly satiric humor: a black comedy.
- Marked by anger or sullenness: gave me a black look.
- Attended with disaster; calamitous: a black day; the stock market crash on Black Friday.
- Deserving of, indicating, or incurring censure or dishonor: “Man … has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands” ( Rachel Carson )
- Wearing clothing of the darkest visual hue: the black knight.
- Served without milk or cream: black coffee.
- Appearing to emanate from a source other than the actual point of origin. Used chiefly of intelligence operations: black propaganda; black radio transmissions.
- Disclosed, for reasons of security, only to an extremely limited number of authorized persons; very highly classified: black programs in the Defense Department; the Pentagon's black budget.
- Chiefly British Boycotted as part of a labor union action.
- a. The achromatic color value of minimum lightness or maximum darkness; the color of objects that absorb nearly all light of all visible wavelengths; one extreme of the neutral gray series, the opposite being white. Although strictly a response to zero stimulation of the retina, the perception of black appears to depend on contrast with surrounding color stimuli.b. A pigment or dye having this color value.
- Complete or almost complete absence of light; darkness.
- Clothing of the darkest hue, especially such clothing worn for mourning.
- also Black a. A member of a racial group having brown to black skin, especially one of African origin.b. An American descended from peoples of African origin having brown to black skin; an African American.
- Something that is colored black.
- Games a. The black-colored pieces, as in chess or checkers.b. The player using these pieces.
- The condition of making or operating at a profit: worked hard to get the business back into the black.
verbblacked, black·ing, blacks
- To make black: blacked their faces with charcoal.
- To apply blacking to: blacked the stove.
- Chiefly British To boycott as part of a labor union action.
Origin of blackMiddle English blak from Old English blæc ; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative blacker, superlative blackest)
- (of an object) Absorbing all light and reflecting none; dark and hueless.
- (of a place, etc) Without light.
- (sometimes capitalized) Of or relating to any of various ethnic groups having dark pigmentation of the skin.
- (chiefly historical) Designated for use by those ethnic groups which have dark pigmentation of the skin.
- black drinking fountain; black hospital
- Bad; evil; ill-omened.
- Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen.
- He shot her a black look.
- Illegitimate, illegal or disgraced.
- (Ireland, informal) Overcrowded.
- (of coffee or tea) Without any cream, milk, or creamer.
- Jim drinks his coffee black, but Ellen prefers it with creamer.
- (board games, chess) Of or relating to the playing pieces of a board game deemed to belong to the "black" set (in chess the set used by the player who moves second) (often regardless of the pieces' actual colour).
- The black pieces in this chess set are made of dark blue glass.
- (Germany, politics) Related to the Christian Democratic Union.
- After the election, the parties united in a black-yellow alliance.
- (secrecy) Relating to a initiative whose existence or exact nature must remain withheld from the general public.
- 5 percent of the Defense Department funding will go to black projects.
- The colour/color perceived in the absence of light.
- A black dye or pigment.
- A pen, pencil, crayon, etc., made of black pigment.
- (in the plural) Black cloth hung up at funerals.
- (sometimes capitalised) A person of African, Aborigine, or Maori descent; a dark-skinned person.
- (billiards, snooker, pool, with the) The black ball.
- (baseball) The edge of home plate
- (UK) a type of firecracker that is really more dark brown in colour.
- (informal) blackcurrant syrup (in mixed drinks, e.g. snakebite and black, cider and black).
- In chess and similar games, the person playing with the black set of pieces.
- At this point black makes a disastrous move.
- Part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black.
- (colour, dye, pen): white
(third-person singular simple present blacks, present participle blacking, simple past and past participle blacked)
From Middle English black, blak, blake, from Old English blæc (“black, dark", also "ink”), from Proto-Germanic *blakaz (“burnt”) (compare Dutch blaken (“to burn”), Old High German blah (“black”), Old Norse blakra (“to blink”)), from Proto-Indo-European *bhleg- (“to burn, shine”) (compare Latin flagrāre (“to burn”), Ancient Greek φλόξ (phlox, “flame”), Albanian blozë (“soot”), Sanskrit bharga 'radiance' [script?]). More at bleach.