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From Middle English blak (black). Also a variant of Blake, from Old English blāc (pale) and Blanc, from Old French blanc (white).


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Proper nounEdit


  1. A surname​.


Black (not comparable)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of black (of or relating to any of various ethnic groups having dark pigmentation of the skin)
    • Pull, Geoffrey K. (ed. Wheeler, Rebecca S.) The Workings of Language, ch. 3: "African American Vernacular English Is Not Standard English with Mistakes", p. 40: "Buried among the jargon of the announcement was a mention of a name for AAVE, suggested by a Black scholar in 1975 [sic] but never adopted by linguists: Ebonics. That word, concocted from ebony (a color term from the name of a dark-colored wood) and phonics (the name of a method for teaching reading), was destined to attach to the board as if chiseled into a block of granite and hung round their necks."

Derived termsEdit




Black m or f (plural Blacks)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of black