Translation of black in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /blæk/

adjective/adjetivo (-er, -est)

  • 1 1.1 [dress/car/hair/ink] negro; [sky] oscuro, negro black cloud nubarrón (masculine), nube (feminine) negra I flicked the switch and everything went black le di al interruptor y se quedó todo a oscuras her arms were black with bruises tenía los brazos llenos de moretones or cardenales to beat sb black and blue [colloquial/familiar] darle* una tremenda paliza a algn [colloquial/familiar]
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    • The first attacker was 6ft tall with short blond hair and was wearing black trousers and a white T-shirt.
    • Bundles of chemical sticks lay ready to be burnt in it, some making black smoke and some white.
    • The video showed a white truck exploding and black plumes of smoke billowing into the air.
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    • I can see the stars and the sky and the moon and the black sky revolving overhead.
    • There were no trees overhead, so he was exposed to the full power of the dark clouds, barely visible in the now black sky.
    • Sasha looked up and saw a black sky spotted with stars through the spaces in between the trees.
    1.2 (dirty) (predicative/predicativo) negro, sucísimo
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    • The workers are black with dirt and perspiration that the four fans on the ceiling do not dry.
    • The walls and ceiling of the room were perfectly black, with age and dirt.
    • Inside the garage door the concrete was stained black with oil and a car was hoisted on a ramp.
    1.3 [coffee] negro (Latin America/América Latina) , solo (Spain/España) , tinto (Colombia) , puro (Chile) ; [tea] solo, sin leche, puro (Chile)
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    • Instead, drink lots of water, a cup of skim or soy milk, or a cup of black coffee or tea.
    • Trust me, if you're really a caffeine junkie, you're drinking espressos and black coffee.
    • Small amounts of water or black coffee may be safe if taken a sufficient time before your procedure.
  • 2
    ( also Black)
    negro; [aspirations] de los negros a black man un (hombre) negro
  • 3 3.1 (sad, hopeless) negro this is a black day for our country este es un día aciago or negro para el país paint 2 3 3.2 (intense, grim) [despair/pessimism] profundo; [rage/fury] ciego a black look una mirada de odio
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    • She was going to set him free from all of the evil and black hatred he had brought to the world.
    • I felt a surge of hatred pass through me, black vicious hatred that I had never felt before.
    • He had never lied to her a full black lie; but merely a few small white ones that did no damage at all.
    3.3 (evil) [heart] malvado
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    • Perhaps however the truth lies somewhere in between and the situation is not as black as some perceive it to be.
    • In the North East, once ships stopped being built, a black depression hung over the region.
    • It was a black mood at a black moment, a spasm that sentient Americans prefer to forget.
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    • For the past ten years, Joanne had suffered from depression and took medication to control her black moods.
    • I've had no periods of black depression about it, no waking up in cold sweats.
    • Those moments of wild inspiration have a payback time and it comes in periods of black depression.
  • 4 (illegal) the black economy la economía informal or paralela (Latin America/América Latina) , la economía sumergida (Spain/España) see also black market


  • 1 uncountable/no numerable (color) negro (masculine) she was dressed in black iba (vestida) de negro to wear black (in mourning) llevar luto to swear black is white mentir* descaradamente the new black el nuevo negro brown is the new black this season el marrón es el nuevo negro esta temporada see also black and white
  • 2 countable/numerable also
    (person) negro, (masculine, feminine)
  • 3 (freedom from debt) to be in the black no estar* en números rojos
  • 4 (in board games) 4.1 countable/numerable (piece) negra (feminine) 4.2
    ( also Black)
    (player) (no article/sin artículo) Black: Karpov negras: Karpov and black resigned y las negras abandonaron

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

Phrasal verbs

black out

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (lose consciousness) perder* el conocimiento 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 2.1 (in wartime) [windows] tapar; [lights] apagar* to black out a town apagar* todas las luces de una ciudad 2.2 (by accident) [town/district] dejar sin luz or a oscuras 2.3 [Television/Televisión] [transmission/show] cortar 2.4 (suppress) [information/news] censurar he had blacked it out of his mind lo había borrado de su memoria

black up

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (British English/inglés británico)
[Theater/Teatro] maquillarse de negro

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.