blackface

EnglishEdit

 
Vaudevillian Bert Williams in blackface, 1921

EtymologyEdit

From black +‎ face.

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blackface (countable and uncountable, plural blackfaces)

  1. (uncountable) A style of makeup in which a non-black person blackens their face, usually in order to portray a black person.
    The Canadian prime minister faced harsh criticism from the news media after several photographs of him wearing blackface surfaced on the internet.
  2. (countable) A sheep of the Scottish Blackface breed.

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