What part of speech is “black”

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as a noun, 'black' can refer to the color itself, a person with dark skin (especially of African descent), or darkness.

Black is her favorite color.

The room was filled with black.

Blacks and whites came together for the rally.

When referring to people, it's often more appropriate and respectful to use 'Black people' rather than just 'Blacks.' Referring to people, the word 'Black' should be capitalized.


as an adjective, 'black' primarily describes the color that is the darkest hue, resulting from the absence of or complete absorption of light. It can also describe other aspects, such as mood or market conditions.

She wore a black dress to the party.

The room was in black darkness.

It was a black day for the stock market.

'Black' can be used metaphorically, as in 'black mood' or 'black humor.' It's essential to approach racial contexts with sensitivity. For instance, 'Black' (with a capital B) is used to describe people of African descent in many contexts, especially in the U.S.


as a verb, 'black' means to make something black, often by coloring, staining, or darkening. It can also refer to losing consciousness or the act of erasing, obscuring, or withholding information.

He decided to black out the windows for privacy.

She blacked out during the intense workout.

The government blacked out certain details from the report.

'Black out' and 'blacken' can be used interchangeably in some contexts, but 'black out' often has additional meanings related to losing consciousness or power failures.

Be cautious with the term 'blacklist' as it can have negative connotations and might be considered offensive in some contexts.

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