Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
having a black or blackened face
☆ black makeup used by a performer, as in a minstrel show
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Makeup for a conventionalized comic travesty of Black people, especially in a minstrel show.
- An actor wearing such makeup in a minstrel show.