from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The rank of expert in a martial art such as judo or karate.
  • n. The black sash that symbolizes this rank of proficiency.
  • n. A person who has attained this rank.
  • n. A region of rich, black soil.
  • n. An area having a predominantly Black population.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The highest belt colour in various martial arts.
  • n. Someone who has attained a black belt

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a comedy that treats of morbid, tragic, gloomy, or grotesque situations as a major element of the plot.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who attained the rank of expert in the martial arts (judo or karate)
  • n. a black sash worn to show expert standards in the martial arts (judo or karate)


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  • Complement them with a wide or slim matching black belt atop your tan trench, or by donning a pair of opaque tights in saturated crimson, Dijon, or amethyst to create a vertical visual thrust right down to your tootsies when rocking your black trench.

    The Style Checklist

  • He was a short, bald, seventysomething-year-old in a white T-shirt, dark Bermuda shorts, and a black belt that was superfluous except that it matched his slip-on slippers.

    Courting Trouble

  • Wes had a fifth-degree black belt in karate but no wrestling experience.

    This is Gonna Hurt

  • It's like trying to sell our Pickled Luncheon Tidbits to a fellow in the black belt who doesn't buy anything but plain dry-salt hog in hunks and slabs.

    Old Gorgon Graham


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