Archaic a very dark-skinned person, esp. a black African
Origin of blackamoor; from black + Moor
A dark-skinned person, especially one from northern Africa.
Origin of blackamoorblack + -a-, of unknown origin + Moor.
- (degrading) A person with dark skin, especially (but not necessarily) one from northern Africa
- a blackamoor slave, a blackamoor servant; and hence any slave, servant, inferior, or child
- (heraldry) a stylized Negro
- Argent, three blackamoors' heads couped sable, capped or, fretty gules.
- A village in England.
From Blakemor (first recorded use in 1210), from Old English blæc (“black”) + mór (“moor”).
- 1601, pronouncement of Queen Elizabeth I in 1601, Staying Power: the History of Black People in Britain, Peter Fryer:
- highly discontented to understand the great numbers of negars and Blackamoors which (as she is informed) are crept into this realm... who are fostered and relieved [i.e. fed] her to the great annoyance of her own liege people, that want the relief [i.e. food], which those people consume, as also for that the most of them are infidels, having no understanding of Christ or his Gospel.