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Black appears in many tongue twisters:

  • black back bat
  • Black Rock Brain Lock
  • Black background, brown background.
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Black appears in the following pangrams (sentences using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow. (Used by Adobe InDesign when providing samples of all fonts; 29 letters)
  • Few black taxis drive up major roads on quiet hazy nights. (47 letters)
  • Freight to me sixty dozen quart jars and twelve black pans. (48 letters)
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Black appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • "Eda, Emil's red roses suck!" Cal Black cusses, orders tram.
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Usage statistics for the adjective black:

spoken English38.64%written English61.36% conversational speech68.65%task-oriented speech31.35% imaginative writing65.39%informational writing34.61%
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The word black is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective black

What does black mean as an attribute of a noun?

Black is one of the top 50 most common adjectives in the English language.View more statistics!

adjective - degrees: blacker | blackest

  1. being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light
    • examples: black leather jackets | as black as coal | rich black soil
    • antonym: white
    • attribute: value = relative darkness or lightness of a color
    • see also: dark
  2. of or belonging to a racial group especially of sub-Saharan African origin
  3. marked by anger or resentment or hostility
    • examples: black looks | black words
    • similar: angry
  4. offering little or no hope
  5. stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable
    • examples: black deeds | a black lie | his black heart has concocted yet another black deed
    • synonyms of black: dark / sinister
    • similar: evil
  6. (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
  7. (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood
  8. extremely dark
  9. harshly ironic or sinister
  10. (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading
    • example: black propaganda
    • similar: covert
  11. distributed or sold illicitly
  12. (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
  13. (of coffee) without cream or sugar
  14. soiled with dirt or soot
    • examples: with feet black from playing outdoors | his shirt was black within an hour
    • synonym of black: smutty
    • similar: dirty / soiled / unclean

Alternative definition of the adjective black


  1. [context: of an object] absorbing all light and reflecting none; dark and colourless.
    • [context: of a place, etc] without light.
    • [context: sometimes capitalize] Relating to persons of (usually noticeable) negroid African descent or their culture. Also people of Aborigine or Maori descent.
    • Bad; evil; ill-omened.
    • Illegitimate, illegal or disgraced.
    • [context: Ireland, informal] Overcrowded.
    • [context: of coffee or tea] Without any cream, milk, or creamer.
    • [context: board games, chess] The standard denomination of the playing pieces of a board game deemed to belong to the "black" set, no matter what the actual colour.

    Definition of the noun black

    What does black mean as a name of something?

    noun - plural:

    • black: blacks
    • Black: Blacks

    1. the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
    2. total absence of light
    3. a person with African ancestry,
    4. (board games) the darker pieces
    5. black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)

    Alternative definition of the noun black


    1. The colour/color perceived in the absence of light.
    2. A black dye, pigment.
    3. A pen, pencil, crayon, etc., made of black pigment.
      • [context: in plural] Black cloth hung up at funerals.
      • [context: sometimes capitalised] A person of African descent, Aborigine or Maori.
      • [context: billiards, snooker, pool, with the] The black ball.
      • [baseball] The edge of home plate
      • [British] a type of firecracker that is really more dark brown in colour.
      • [informal] blackcurrant syrup (in mixed drinks, e.g. snakebite and black, cider and black).

      Definition of the verb black

      What does black mean as a doing word?

      verb - inflections: blacked | blacking | blacks

      1. make or become black


      1. Black a.k.a. Jasmine Black is a pornographic actress.
      2. Black a.k.a. Catherine Black is a Canadian film, TV and stage actress. Black is best known for starring opposite Peter Weller in one episode of the science fiction Showtime series, Odyssey 5, playing Vanden, opposite Christian Bale, in the 2000 cult thriller American Psycho, directed by Mary Harron, and starring with Crispin Glover in the 2009 period drama, The Donner Party. Black won a Best Actress award at the 2014 Madrid International FIlm Festival for her performance in "De Puta Madre A Love Story", a short film that she also wrote and directed. The short film was also nominated for a Best Story and Best Short Film.
      3. Black appeared in the 2007 film City of Men.

      There are other people with in their name, like Amy Black, Ann Black, Ben Black, Black Ace, Black Bob, Black Cat, Black Fox, Black Ham, Black Hat, Black Jim and many others.

      Phrases with Black

      1. Black op
      2. black art
      3. black ash
      4. Black Bag
      5. black bee
      6. black box
      7. Black Cab
      8. black cat
      9. Black Cod
      10. black eye
      11. black fly
      12. black fox
      13. black gum
      14. Black Hat
      15. black haw
      16. black ice
      17. Black Law
      18. Black Man
      19. black oak
      20. to black

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      Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Black

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      Google previewGraded Lessons in English (1897)

      An Elementary English Grammar, Consisting of One Hundred Practical Lessons, Carefully Graded and Adapted to the Class-room by Alonzo Reed, Brainerd Kellogg

      Black is an attributive adjective. Black it stood = it ...

      Google previewBlack Music and Musicians in The New Grove Dictionary of American Music and The New Harvard Dictionary of Music (1989)

      by Dominique-René De Lerma, Marsha J. Reisser

      Black gospel music Boyer, Horace Clarence, cont. Harris, Rebert H. Hawkins, ...

      Google previewEncyclopedia of Black Studies (2005)

      by Molefi Kete Asante, Ama Mazama

      N\ V>*v Jv'\s*»' C*vv*<S*,s K\#A Sivcw V\\ vV>V$e Black Studies, Kent State University Mack Studies, Names Controversy Black Studies, Wellesley College CIVIL RIGHTS Congress ol' Racial Equality Congressional Black Caucus National ...

      Google previewOil: A Cultural and Geographic Encyclopedia of Black Gold [2 volumes] (2014)

      by Xiaobing Li, Michael Molina

      Oil A Cultural and Geographic Encyclopedia of Black Gold Volume 2: Countries XIAOBING LIAND MICHAEL MOLINA, EDITORS Copyright © 2014 by ABC-CLIO, LLC All rights reserved. No. Volume 2: Countries.

      Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica, Or a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1810)

      Smooth, black; the antennae and legs of a dark colour. 2. Native of the north of Europe, to be met with under the bark of trees. It somewhat resembles the bipustulatum. Seven species of this genus are described by Gmelin in the last edition of ...

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      Usage statistics about black

      The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

      Usage statistics for the adjective black:

      spoken English38.64%written English61.36% conversational speech68.65%task-oriented speech31.35% imaginative writing65.39%informational writing34.61%

      Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun black:


      Comparison of usage frequency between the noun black and its most common antonym:


      Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective black:


      Comparison of usage frequency between the adjective black and its most common antonym:


      Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb black:


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      Quotes about Black

      One black cat on the porch.
      One black cat on the floor.
      One black cat on the fence.
      One black cat by the door.

      I see two black cats.
      Now I see two more.
      I count black cats,
      One, two, three, four.
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      Scrabble value of B3L1A1C3K5

      The value of this 5-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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