Definition of black and white in English:

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  • 1(Of a photograph, film, television programme, etc.) in black, white, shades of grey, and no other colour: old black-and-white movies
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    • The first photograph was a black-and-white wedding photo, slightly yellowed with age.
    • It was painted from an old black-and-white photograph somebody had lent her: she added the colours herself.
    • My class is taught to develop their own film and produce black-and-white photos.


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  • A police car: a couple of black and whites zipped up and cops jumped out
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    • I just got back from the class and noticed quite a few agencies have gone to black & whites.
    • Nothing says "Police" like a black & white.
    • Saw the Jefferson CSO (CO) Dodge Charger black and white with LEDS on a traffic stop today.


in black and white

  • 1In writing or print: she had abandoned all hope of getting her contract down in black and white
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    • Of course, the charts were printed right there in black and white, and they were always dominated by stuff like this.
    • It's all there in black and white, in leaked European Union documents which are now published on the Internet.
    • Though this dependence was glossed over, it was there in black and white for anyone who chose to read the paper carefully enough.
    in print, printed, written down, set down, on paper, committed to paper, recorded, on record, documented, clearly/plainly/explicitly defined

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