Definitions

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

  • adj. Chiefly British Having a dark complexion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Dark-visaged; swart.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Dark-complexioned.

Etymologies

From dialectal black a vice : black + dialectal a, of, on (probably from French à, from Old French, from Latin ad, to, on; see ad-) + vice, face (from Old French vis, face, from Latin vīsus, past participle of vidēre, to see; see weid- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Candlemaker Row, and stopped at the Harrow Inn. There was a carrier's cart ready to start, and a keen, thin, impatient, black-a-vised little man, his hand at his gray horse's head looking about angrily for something.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6

  • He turned up the Candlemaker Row, and stopped at the Harrow Inn. There was a carrier's cart ready to start, and a keen, thin, impatient, black-a-vised little man, his hand at his gray horse's head, looking about angrily for something.

    Types of Children's Literature

  • They were a black-a-vised, ill-favored pair, these miners upon whose hospitality fate had thrown them.

    The Highgrader

  • "At your service, Major," cried the Captain, a dashing, black-a-vised personage, with large gold rings in his ears, a plume a yard long in his castor, and a general Drawcansir air.

    Prisoners of Hope A Tale of Colonial Virginia

  • He turned up the Candlemaker Row, and stopped at the Harrow Inn. There was a carrier's cart ready to start, and a keen, thin, impatient, black-a-vised little man, his hand at his gray horse's head looking about angrily for something.

    The Junior Classics — Volume 8 Animal and Nature Stories

  • The French skipper too was at the wheel: a dapper little personage, black-a-vised, with fierce moustachios and eye-tufts.

    The Gentleman A Romance of the Sea

  • Then you might see two score of black-a-vised Blairs and McKerrows from Garliestown and the two Luces.

    Patsy

  • He turned up the Candlemaker Row, and stopt at the Harrow Inn. There was a carrier's cart ready to start, and a keen, thin, impatient, black-a-vised little man, his hand at his gray horse's head, looking about angrily for something.

    The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VI (of X)—Great Britain and Ireland IV

  • He turned up the Candlemaker Row, and stopped at the Harrow Inn. There was a carrier's cart ready to start, and a keen thin, impatient, black-a-vised little man, his hand at his gray horse's head, looking about angrily for something.

    Famous Stories Every Child Should Know

  • There came to it a tall, black-a-vised woman, who, the moment she saw the girl, cried out --

    The Beautiful Wretch; The Pupil of Aurelius; and The Four Macnicols

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