black blak, of the darkest colour; reflecting no light; used as a classification of pencil-leads to indicate softness in quality and darkness in use; obscure; dismal sullen, horrible; dusky; foul; dirty; malignant; dark haired; wearing dark armour or clothes; illicit; (in income) not reported in tax returns; unofficial; under trade union ban; Negro, of African, West Indian descent (often offensive; acceptable in the U.S., S.Africa); coloured, of mixed descent (esp. S.Afr.); (of an area or state) inhabited or controlled by a Negro population; of belonging to, or relating to, Negroes and coloured people - n. black colour or absence of colour