What is the meaning of Black?


  • The quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white.
  • Total absence of light.
    • usage: "they fumbled around in total darkness"; "in the black of night"
  • British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799.
  • Popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928.
  • A person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa.
  • Board games. ( the darker pieces)
  • Black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning. )
    • usage: "the widow wore black"



  • Being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light.
    • usage: "black leather jackets"; "as black as coal"; "rich black soil"
  • Of or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin. "a great people-a black people-... Injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization- Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Marked by anger or resentment or hostility.
    • usage: "black looks"; "black words"
  • Offering little or no hope.
    • usage: "the future looked black"; "prospects were bleak"; "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult- J. M. Synge; "took a dim view of things"
  • Stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable."black deeds"; "a black lie"; "his black heart has concocted yet another black deed"; "Darth Vader of the dark side"; "a dark purpose"; "dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility"; "the scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him-Thomas Hardy
  • Of events. ( having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin)
    • usage: "the stock market crashed on Black Friday"; "a calamitous defeat"; "the battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign"; "such doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory- Charles Darwin; "it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it- Douglas MacArthur; "a fateful error"
  • Of the face. ( made black especially as with suffused blood)
    • usage: "a face black with fury"
  • Extremely dark.
    • usage: "a black moonless night"; "through the pitch-black woods"; "it was pitch-dark in the cellar"
  • Harshly ironic or sinister.
    • usage: "black humor"; "a grim joke"; "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning. .. To savage mordant wit"
  • Of intelligence operations. ( deliberately misleading)
    • usage: "black propaganda"
  • Distributed or sold illicitly.
    • usage: "the black economy pays no taxes"
  • Used of conduct or character. ( deserving or bringing disgrace or shame)
    • usage: "Man... Has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands- Rachel Carson; "an ignominious retreat"; "inglorious defeat"; "an opprobrious monument to human greed"; "a shameful display of cowardice"
  • Of coffee. ( without cream or sugar)
  • Soiled with dirt or soot.
    • usage: "with feet black from playing outdoors"; "his shirt was black within an hour"
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APAWordNet. (2010). black. Retrieved April 20, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/black/definitions/1228300
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