The black knight.
The pirates' black deeds.
A black future.
Feet black from playing outdoors.
A black villain.
An example of black is the color of the sky at night.
An example of black is darkness.
The black population of South Africa.
Worked hard to get the business back into the black.
A CIA black operator.
Black drinking fountain; black hospital.
He shot her a black look.
The black pieces in this chess set are made of dark blue glass.
After the election, the parties united in a black-yellow alliance.
5 percent of the Defense Department funding will go to black projects.
At this point black makes a disastrous move.
A black, moonless night.
Rich black soil; black, wavy hair.
Black propaganda; black radio transmissions.
Black programs in the Defense Department; the Pentagon's black budget.
Blacked their faces with charcoal.
Blacked the stove.
A black comedy.
Gave me a black look.
A black day; the stock market crash on Black Friday.
- 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
- operating at a profit
- into a profitable condition financially
Other Word Forms
Origin of black
- Middle English blak from Old English blæc bhel-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.