There are 2 main translations of noir in English:

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noir

also: feminine: noire
Pronunciation: / nwaʀ /

adjectif

  • 5 (bronzé) See examples: être noir, avoir la peau noire
    to have a dark tan

nom masculin

  • 4 (Art) (d'un tableau)
    the dark areas
  • 6
    [familier]
    (café) See examples: un (petit) noir
    an espresso

Compounds

noir d'aniline

  • aniline black

noir animal

noir au blanc

noir de carbone

noir et blanc

  • (Photographie)
    black and white photography
    faire du noir et blanc
    to do black and white photography
    film/photographie en noir et blanc
    black and white film/photography
    le film est en noir et blanc
    the film is in black and white

noir de fumée

Idioms

c'est écrit noir sur blanc

it's there in black and white

être noir comme de l'ébène/du cirage

to be as black as ebony/boot polish

voir tout en noir

to look on the black side (of things)

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There are 2 main translations of noir in English:

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Noir
also: feminine: Noire
Pronunciation: / nwaʀ /

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