Meaning of BLACK in English



Function: noun

Date: before 12th century

1 : a black pigment or dye especially : one consisting largely of carbon

2 : the achromatic color of least lightness characteristically perceived to belong to objects that neither reflect nor transmit light

3 : something that is black: as a : black clothing <looks good in black > b : a black animal (as a horse)

4 a : a person belonging to any of various population groups having dark pigmentation of the skin b : AFRO-AMERICAN

5 : the pieces of a dark color in a board game for two players (as chess)

6 : total or nearly total absence of light <the black of night>

7 : the condition of making a profit ― usually used with the <operating in the black > ― compare RED

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.