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adjective black pronunciation in American English /blæk/
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  1. 1
    having the darkest color, like the sky at night when there is no light

    He was wearing black shorts.

    Black cats are sometimes thought to be unlucky.

    clouds of thick black smoke

  2. 2




    belonging or relating to a race of people with dark skin, especially people whose families were originally from Africa

    She was the first black woman to become a judge.

    Dr. King was a leader in the Black community.

    a famous black actor

  3. 3
    coffee or tea that is black has no milk in it

    Do you take your coffee black or white?

  4. 7
    literary evil or cruel

    a black deed

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a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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