We all know what the color black looks like, but technically it's defined by the absence of light. Total darkness.

Black is most commonly used as an adjective, but you can also use it as a noun, like when you say, "The actors wore black." Synonyms when used to describe color include inky, raven, and sable. This word can also refer to an angry feeling, as in a black mood, or something wicked, like black magic.

Definitions of black
  1. adjective
    being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light
    black leather jackets”
    “as black as coal”
    “rich black soil”
    dark, dusky
    (used of color) having a dark hue
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    being of the achromatic color of maximum lightness; having little or no hue owing to reflection of almost all incident light
    becoming or shading into white
    light, light-colored
    (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent
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  2. adjective
    extremely dark
    “a black moonless night”
    “through the pitch- black woods”
    synonyms: pitch-black, pitch-dark
    devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black
  3. adjective
    of or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin
    “"a great people--a black people--...injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization"- Martin Luther King Jr.”
    African-American, Afro-American
    pertaining to or characteristic of Americans of African ancestry
    colored, coloured, dark, dark-skinned, non-white
    having skin rich in melanin pigments
    relating to or characteristic of or being a member of the traditional racial division of mankind having brown to black pigmentation and tightly curled hair
    characteristic of people traditionally classified as the Negro race
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    of or belonging to a racial group having light skin coloration
    Caucasian, Caucasoid
    of or relating to Caucasian people
    having little skin pigmentation
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  4. adjective
    (of coffee) without cream or sugar
    not diluted
  5. adjective
    soiled with dirt or soot
    “with feet black from playing outdoors”
    “his shirt was black within an hour”
    synonyms: smutty
    dirty, soiled, unclean
    soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime
  6. noun
    the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
    synonyms: blackness, inkiness
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    white, whiteness
    the quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness (bearing the least resemblance to black)
    coal black, ebony, jet black, pitch black, sable, soot black
    a very dark black
    type of:
    achromatic color, achromatic colour
    a color lacking hue; white or grey or black
  7. noun
    total absence of light
    “in the black of night”
    synonyms: blackness, lightlessness, pitch blackness, total darkness
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    type of:
    dark, darkness
    absence of light or illumination
  8. noun
    (board games) the darker pieces
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    (board games) the lighter pieces
    type of:
    man, piece
    game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games
  9. noun
    black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)
    “the widow wore black
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    type of:
    article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable
    a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
  10. verb
    make or become black
    synonyms: blacken, melanise, melanize, nigrify
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    white, whiten
    turn white
    type of:
    color, colour, discolor, discolour
    change color, often in an undesired manner
  11. adjective
    marked by anger or resentment or hostility
    black looks”
    black words”
    feeling or showing anger
  12. adjective
    (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood
    “a face black with fury”
    synonyms: blackened
    colored, colorful, coloured
    having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination
  13. adjective
    offering little or no hope
    “the future looked black
    synonyms: bleak, dim
    without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success
  14. adjective
    (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
    synonyms: calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful
    not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune
  15. adjective
    stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable
    black deeds”
    “a black lie”
    “his black heart has concocted yet another black deed”
    synonyms: dark, sinister
    morally bad or wrong
  16. adjective
    (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
    “"Man...has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands"- Rachel Carson”
    synonyms: disgraceful, ignominious, inglorious, opprobrious, shameful
    dishonorable, dishonourable
    lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor
  17. adjective
    harshly ironic or sinister
    black humor”
    synonyms: grim, mordant
    expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
  18. adjective
    distributed or sold illicitly
    “the black economy pays no taxes”
    synonyms: black-market, bootleg, contraband, smuggled
    prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules
  19. adjective
    (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading
    black propaganda”
    secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed
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