black1 W1S1 [blæk] adj comparative blacker superlative blackest
2¦(no light)¦
6¦(without hope)¦
9 a black mark (against somebody)
10 not be as black as you are painted
[: Old English; Origin: blAc]
1.) ¦(COLOUR)¦
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) at that time of the morning.
3.) ¦(PEOPLE)¦ also Black
a) belonging to the race of people who originally came from Africa and who have dark brown skin
Over half the students are black.
b) [only before noun]
relating to black people
politics from a black perspective
Black and Asian music
4.) ¦(DRINK)¦ [only before noun]
black coffee or tea does not have milk in it
≠ ↑white
Black coffee, no sugar, please.
5.) ¦(DIRTY)¦ informal
very dirty
be black with soot/dirt/age etc
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
a very black joke
8.) ¦(ANGRY)¦ [only before noun]
full of feelings of anger or hate
Denise gave me a black look .
9.) a black mark (against sb)
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 n
black 2
black2 n
1.) [U and C]
the dark colour of coal or night
You look good wearing black.
thick fur patterned in blacks and browns
2.) also Black
someone who belongs to the race of people who originally came from Africa and who have dark brown skin
laws that discriminated against blacks
3.) be in the black
to have money in your bank account
be in the red
black 3
black3 v [T]
1.) BrE if a ↑trade union blacks goods or a company, it refuses to work with them
The union has blacked all non-urgent work.
2.) old-fashioned to make something black
black out phr v
1.) to become ↑unconscious
= ↑faint, pass out ↑pass out
For a few seconds, he thought he was going to black out.
2.) black sth<=>out
to put a dark mark over something so that it cannot be seen
The censors had blacked out several words.
3.) black sth<=>out
to hide or turn off all the lights in a town or city, especially during war

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