A cup of black coffee.



  • Absorbing all light and reflecting none; dark and hueless.
  • Without light.
  • Belonging to or descended from any of various (African, Aboriginal, etc) ethnic groups which typically have dark pigmentation of the skin.
  • Designated for use by those ethnic groups.
  • Of the spades or clubs suits. Compare red
  • Bad; evil; ill-omened.
  • Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen.
  • Illegitimate, illegal or disgraced.
  • Overcrowded.
  • Without any cream, milk or creamer.
  • Of or relating to the playing pieces of a board game deemed to belong to the "black" set (in chess the set used by the player who moves second) .
  • Said of a symbol or character that is solid, filled with color. Compare white.
  • Related to the Christian Democratic Union of Germany.
  • Clandestine; relating to a political, military, or espionage operation or site, the existence or details of which is withheld from the general public.
  • Occult; relating to something (such as mystical or magical knowledge) which is unknown to or kept secret from the general public.
  • Having one or more features (hair, fur, armour, clothes, bark, etc) that is dark (or black); in taxonomy, especially: dark in comparison to another species with the same base name.
  • Foul; dirty.


  • The colour/color perceived in the absence of light, but also when no light is reflected, but rather absorbed.
  • A black dye or pigment.
  • A pen, pencil, crayon, etc., made of black pigment.
  • Black cloth hung up at funerals.
  • A member of descendant of any of various (African, Aboriginal, etc) ethnic groups which typically have dark pigmentation of the skin.
  • Blackness, the condition of belonging to or being descended from one of these ethnic groups.
  • The black ball.
  • The edge of home plate.
  • A type of firecracker that is really more dark brown in colour.
  • Blackcurrant syrup (in mixed drinks, e.g. snakebite and black, cider and black).
  • The person playing with the black set of pieces.
  • Something, or a part of a thing, which is black.
  • A stain; a spot.
  • A dark smut fungus, harmful to wheat.
  • Marijuana.


  • To make black; to blacken.
  • To apply blacking to (something).
  • To boycott, usually as part of an industrial dispute.


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  • From Middle English blak, black, blake, from Old English blæc ("black, dark", also "ink"), from Proto-West Germanic *blak, from Proto-Germanic *blakaz ("burnt") (compare Dutch blaken ("to burn"), Low German blak, black ("blackness, black paint, (black) ink"), Old High German blah ("black")), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleg- ("to burn, shine") (compare Latin flagro ("to burn"), Ancient Greek φλόξ, Sanskrit भर्ग ("radiance")). More at bleach.

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