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[swawrt] /swɔrt/
Origin of swart
before 900; Middle English; Old English sweart black, dark; cognate with German schwarz, Old Norse svartr, Gothic swarts; akin to Latin sordēs filth
Related forms
swartness, noun


[swawrt] /swɔrt/
Charles Robberts
[rob-erts] /ˈrɒb ərts/ (Show IPA),
1894–1982, South African statesman: president 1961–67. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for swart
Historical Examples
  • "P'raps I don't," said the swart man; and lapsed into a fuming silence.

    Tales of Space and Time Herbert George Wells
  • Her hair was silvery, and contrasted strangely with her swart face.

    A Coin of Edward VII

    Fergus Hume
  • All,” answered swart, “save the few fighting men that gained the fells.

    Erling the Bold R.M. Ballantyne
  • "Time is done," said swart Piet, replacing the watch in his pocket.

    Swallow H. Rider Haggard
  • She has escaped from swart Piet and is unharmed, but a prisoner among the Kaffirs.

    Swallow H. Rider Haggard
  • Your fortune was not a good one, Sihamba, for it led you to swart Piet and the rope.

    Swallow H. Rider Haggard
  • "We hear you, husband," they said again, whereon swart Piet turned and rode away.

    Swallow H. Rider Haggard
  • He was swart, so swart as obviously to be of Southern European extraction.

    The Flying Death Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Frey shall fall before swart, the giant with the flaming sword.

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon
  • It was blown by a caitiff negro, a deserter from Uncle Sams swart cavalry.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for swart


(archaic or dialect) swarthy
Derived Forms
swartness, swarthness, noun
Word Origin
Old English sweart; related to Old Frisian swart, Old Norse svartr, Old High German swarz black, Latin sordēs dirt; see sordid
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Word Origin and History for swart

Old English sweart "black," from Proto-Germanic *swartaz (cf. Old Frisian and Middle Dutch swart, Old Norse svartr, German schwarz, Gothic swarts "dark-colored, black"), from PIE root *swordo- "dirty, dark, black" (source of sordid). The true Germanic word for "black," surviving in the Continental languages.

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