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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