[ blak-uh-vahyst, -vahyzd ]

  1. having a dark complexion.

Origin of black-a-vised

1750–60; Scots blackaviced, equivalent to black a vice (one) black of face (black + a3 + obsolete vice<Middle French vis;see visage) + -ed3
  • Also black-a-viced [blak-uh-vahyst]. /ˈblæk əˌvaɪst/.

Words Nearby black-a-vised Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use black-a-vised in a sentence

  • He and his black-a-vised kinfolk had little to do with the villagers, and the village had even less to do with them.

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

    The Highgrader | William MacLeod Raine
  • "I misjudged that black-a-vised fellow," said Ichabod to Lantrim.