(noun, adjective, verb)


1. being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light

- black leather jackets

- as black as coal

- rich black soil

Similar word(s): dark

2. of or belonging to a racial group especially of sub-Saharan African origin

- a great people--a black people--...injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization

Similar word(s): colored, coloured

3. marked by anger or resentment or hostility

- black looks

- black words

Similar word(s): angry

4. offering little or no hope

- the future looked black

Similar word(s): hopeless, bleak, dim

5. stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable

- black deeds

- a black lie

- his black heart has concocted yet another black deed

Similar word(s): evil, dark, sinister

6. (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin

- the stock market crashed on Black Friday

Similar word(s): unfortunate, calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful

7. (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood

- a face black with fury

Similar word(s): colored, colorful, coloured, blackened

8. extremely dark

- a black moonless night

- through the pitch-black woods

Similar word(s): dark

9. harshly ironic or sinister

- black humor

Similar word(s): sarcastic, grim, mordant

10. (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading

- black propaganda

Similar word(s): covert

11. distributed or sold illicitly

- the black economy pays no taxes

Similar word(s): illegal, bootleg, contraband, smuggled

12. (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame

- Man...has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands

Similar word(s): dishonorable, dishonourable, disgraceful, ignominious, inglorious, opprobrious, shameful

13. (of coffee) without cream or sugar

Similar word(s): undiluted

14. soiled with dirt or soot

- with feet black from playing outdoors

- his shirt was black within an hour

Similar word(s): dirty, soiled, unclean, smutty

Sentences with black as an adjective:

- black drinking fountain; black hospital

- He shot her a black look.

- Jim drinks his coffee black, but Ellen prefers it with creamer.

- The black pieces in this chess set are made of dark blue glass.

- After the election, the parties united in a black-yellow alliance.

- 5 percent of the Defense Department funding will go to black projects.


1. the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)

Similar word(s): blackness, inkiness

Definition categories: attribute

2. total absence of light

- in the black of night

Similar word(s): blackness, lightlessness

Definition categories: state, dark, darkness

3. a person with African ancestry,

Definition categories: person, individual, mortal, somebody, someone, soul

4. (board games) the darker pieces

Definition categories: man–made, man, piece

5. black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)

- the widow wore black

Definition categories: man–made, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable

Sentences with black as a noun:

- black colour:

- At this point black makes a disastrous move.


1. make or become black

- The smoke blackened the ceiling

- The ceiling blackened

Similar word(s): blacken, melanise, melanize

Definition categories: change, color, colour, discolor, discolour