black1 S1 W1 comparative blacker, superlative blackest
having the darkest colour, like coal or night:
a black evening dress
jet/inky black (=very dark)
jet black hair
very dark because there is no light:
It was still pitch black (=very dark) out.
belonging to the race of people who originally came from Africa and who have dark brown skin [↪ white]:
Over half the students are black.
b) [only before noun]SAN
relating to black people:
politics from a black perspective
Black and Asian music
black coffee or tea does not have milk in it [≠ white]:
drinkDFD [only before noun]
Black coffee, no sugar, please.
sad and without hope for the future:
the blackest period of European history
a mood of black despair
It's been another black day for the car industry with more job losses announced.
making jokes about serious subjects, especially death:
a very black joke
full of feelings of anger or hate [↪ blackly]:
angry[only before noun]
Denise gave me a black look.
if there is a black mark against you, someone has a bad opinion of you because of something you have done
not to be as bad as people say you are
—blackness noun [countable]