from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The rank of expert in a martial art such as judo or karate.
  • noun The black sash that symbolizes this rank of proficiency.
  • noun A person who has attained this rank.
  • noun A region of rich, black soil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Martial arts) a comedy that treats of morbid, tragic, gloomy, or grotesque situations as a major element of the plot.

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

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

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


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