black and white
- writing or print: to put an agreement down in black and white
- a drawing or picture done in black and white
- reproduction, as by photography or television, of images in black, white, and gray rather than in chromatic colors
Origin of black and whitewith reference to black letters on white paper
- set down in writing or print
- partly black and partly white: a black-and-white tie
- reproduced, rendered, etc. in black, white, and gray rather than in chromatic colors: a black-and-white print
- producing images in black, white, and gray: a black-and-white TV set
- of, having to do with, or seen solely in terms of, polar opposites: a debater framing a complex issue in black-and-white terms
- a black-and-white photograph
- Informal a police patrol car
black and white
- Writing or print: saw their words in black and white.
- A color palette, as in photography or printmaking, employing only black and white or black, white, and values of gray: a film shot in black and white; a painting reproduced in black and white.
- Partially black and partially white: a black-and-white cow.
- Being in writing or print: black-and-white proof.
- a. Rendered in black and white or in achromatic colors: a black-and-white drawing.b. Of or relating to the reproduction or presentation of visual images in black and white: black-and-white television; black-and-white photography.
- Expressing, recognizing, or based on two mutually exclusive sets of ideas or values: black-and-white categories; a black-and-white point of view.
(plural black and whites)
- (US, slang, law enforcement) A 1970s police patrol car.
- A type of giant cookie (about 8 inches diameter) with icing on the top side: half white, half dark chocolate.
black-and-white (no comparative or superlative; used only before the noun)