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Negro \Ne"gro\ (n[=e]"gr[-o]), n.; pl. Negroes (n[=e]"gr[=o]z). [Sp. or Pg. negro, fr. negro black, L. niger; perh. akin to E. night.] A black man; especially, one of a race of black or very dark persons who inhabit the greater part of tropical Africa, and are distinguished by crisped or curly hair, flat noses, and thick protruding lips; also, any black person of unmixed African blood, wherever found.

2. A person of dark skin color descended at least in part from African negroes; in the United States, an African-American. [U.S. usage, sometimes considered offensive.]


Negro \Ne"gro\, a. Of or pertaining to negroes; black.

Negro bug (Zo["o]l.), a minute black bug common on the raspberry and blackberry. It produces a very disagreeable flavor.

negro corn, the Indian millet or durra; -- so called in the West Indies. See Durra.

Negro fly (Zo["o]l.), a black dipterous fly ( Psila ros[ae]) which, in the larval state, is injurious to carrots; -- called also carrot fly.

Negro head (Com.), Cavendish tobacco. [Cant]

Negro monkey (Zo["o]l.), the moor monkey.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"member of a black-skinned race of Africa," 1550s, from Spanish or Portuguese negro "black," from Latin nigrum (nominative niger) "black, dark, sable, dusky," figuratively "gloomy, unlucky, bad, wicked," of unknown origin (perhaps from PIE *nekw-t- "night;" see Watkins). As an adjective from 1590s. Use with a capital N- became general early 20c. (e.g. 1930 in "New York Times" stylebook) in reference to U.S. citizens of African descent, but because of its perceived association with white-imposed attitudes and roles the word was ousted late 1960s in this sense by Black (q.v.).Professor Booker T. Washington, being politely interrogated ... as to whether negroes ought to be called 'negroes' or 'members of the colored race' has replied that it has long been his own practice to write and speak of members of his race as negroes, and when using the term 'negro' as a race designation to employ the capital 'N' ["Harper's Weekly," June 2, 1906]\nMeaning "English language as spoken by U.S. blacks" is from 1704. French nègre is a 16c. borrowing from Spanish negro.


a. 1 (context dated possible offensive English) Relating to the black ethnicity. 2 (context dated possible offensive English) Black or dark brown in color. n. (alternative case form of Negro English)

  1. adj. relating to or characteristic of or being a member of the traditional racial division of mankind having brown to black pigmentation and tightly curled hair

  2. [also: negroes (pl)]


Negro (plural Negroes) is a term traditionally used to denote persons of Negroid heritage. It has various equivalents in other languages.

Negro (candy)

Negro is a Hungarian candy which was invented by the Italian confectioner Pietro Negro living and working in Hungary in the 1920s. It is being produced by Győri Keksz Kft., a Hungarian confectionery manufacturer. In Serbia, this brand of candies has been produced by Pionir for over 80 years. ' slogan is "the chimney sweep of the throat". On its wrapper a chimney sweep is depicted while sweeping a chimney. It gets its originally black colour from active carbon and anise which is similar in taste to licorice, and taste from menthol added. Its full recipe is an industrial secret.

The name Negro is sometimes seen as racist. The name refers to its inventor, Pietro Negro, and the word "black" (as the most popular version of the candy is black), and is not connected to people of African descent. In fact the naming dates back before the times the hungarian version of the word (Néger) started to be used to express a negative attitude against people with black skin in the 1990s.

Negro (disambiguation)

Negro is a now mostly historic term for people of black African ancestry or appearance. It is also the word for "black" in Spanish and other languages.

Negro may also refer to:

Negro (lead pencil)

Negro is the name of an artist's drawing medium, consisting of black pencil lead often encased in a wooden or paper tool. Its history and uses are common knowledge among illustrators and historians interested in illustrative art. The word "Negro", translates to "black" in Spanish and Italian, and is a term commonly used to describe artists' media and pigments that are black or dark in color.

Negro (surname)

The surnameNegro may refer to:

  • Alfonso Negro (1915-1984), American-born Italian footballer
  • Benedikt Negro, German mime, clown and actor best known for his lead performance in Cirque du Soleil's O
  • Del Negro (active 1972), Spanish film actor
  • Fred Negro (born 1959), Australian satirist and musician
  • Maikol Negro (born 1988), Italian footballer
  • Paolo Negro (born 1972), Italian footballer and manager

Usage examples of "negro".

He took his eyes off the Negro and looked over the rest of the Acme Mud Bath.

When the negro colleges first opened, there was a glow of enthusiasm, an eagerness of study, a facility of acquirement, and a good order that promised everything for the future.

Negroes who had received sentences of death for rape, and asserted that, at least in capital cases, where the defendant is unable to employ counsel and is incapable adequately of making his own defense because of ignorance, illiteracy, or the like, it is the duty of the court, whether requested or not, to assign counsel for him as a necessary requisite of due process of Law.

It was estimated that before the adjournment of Congress more than a thousand negroes and many white Unionists had been murdered in the South, without even the slightest attempt at prosecuting the murderers.

When the War of 1812 closed sentiment with regard to the army had made but little advancement, and consequently no place in the service was left for Negro soldiers.

Neb and Pencroft, on whom the functions of cooks naturally devolved, to the one in his quality of Negro, to the other in that of sailor, quickly prepared some broiled agouti, to which they did great justice.

The fire was lighted, and Neb and Pencroft, on whom the functions of cooks naturally devolved, to the one in his quality of Negro, to the other in that of sailor, quickly prepared some broiled agouti, to which they did great justice.

Let the boy who wants to be a farmer carry with him the memory of successful Negro farmers and of a Negro who knew enough about scientific agriculture to teach him to compete with the best white farmers in the country.

But in the South, where Negro labor is plenty and agriculture is the chief occupation, the Negro will always have a practical monopoly, and his opportunities in all the trades in the North, as well as in the South, will increase in proportion as he becomes an educated, thrifty, law-abiding land-owner.

Negroes of the South by agriculture and domestic service are probably better than are enjoyed by any other class of people in the world.

In 1903 in a suit charging that the registration procedure prescribed by statute was fraudulently designed to prevent Negroes from voting, the Court, in an opinion written by Justice Holmes, refused to order the registration of an allegedly qualified Negro, on the whimsical ground that to do so would make the Court a party to the fraudulent plan.

That we moved your big soft body with allegedly not enough notice and that east-side school you cried over and that Negro research resource librarian there with the hair out to here that.

Well, did you know, Doctor, that the bone-cells though particularly the alveolar or tooth-process cells of the three races, Negro, Chinese and White man, show themselves to be shaped differently when viewed in the hyper-microscope?

To the west rose the laval peak of Ancon Hill, sitting above the blend of modern and Spanish colonial buildings, above the busy new roads and the ancient maze of alleys and bazaars, above the living pot-pourri of Mestizos and Negroes, Chinese, Hindus and Europeans.

Chomel quotes the case of a very apathic old soldier, whose skin, without any appreciable cause, became as brown as that of a negro in some parts, and a yellowish-brown in others.