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Language: Old English
Origin: blæc

black

1 adjective
     
black1 S1 W1 comparative blacker, superlative blackest
1

colour

CC having the darkest colour, like coal or night:
a black evening dress
jet/inky black (=very dark)
jet black hair
2

no light

very dark because there is no light:
It was still pitch black (=very dark) out.
3

people

also Black
a) SAN 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
4

drink

DFD [only before noun] black coffee or tea does not have milk in it [≠ white]:
Black coffee, no sugar, please.
5

dirty

informal very dirty
6

without hope

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.
7

humour

making jokes about serious subjects, especially death:
8

angry

[only before noun] full of feelings of anger or hate [↪ blackly]:
Denise gave me a black look.
9

a black mark (against somebody)

if there is a black mark against you, someone has a bad opinion of you because of something you have done
10

not be as black as you are painted

not to be as bad as people say you are
11

bad

literary very bad:
black deeds
blackness noun [countable]

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