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blackface

[blak-feys] /ˈblækˌfeɪs/
noun
1.
Theater.
  1. an entertainer, especially in a minstrel or vaudeville show, made up in the role of a black person. By the mid-20th century, these entertainers had declined in popularity because their comic portrayal of negative racial stereotypes was considered offensive.
  2. the facial makeup, as burnt cork, used in this role:
    They performed in blackface.
2.
Printing. a heavy-faced type, usually darker than boldface.
Origin of blackface
1695-1705
1695-1705; black + face
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blackface

/ˈblækˌfeɪs/
noun
1.
  1. a performer made up to imitate a Black person
  2. the make-up used by such a performer, usually consisting of burnt cork
2.
a breed of sheep having a dark face
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