[blak-uh-vahyst, -vahyzd]


having a dark complexion.

Also black-a-viced [blak-uh-vahyst] /ˈblæk əˌvaɪst/.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for black-a-vised

Historical Examples of black-a-vised

  • "I misjudged that black-a-vised fellow," said Ichabod to Lantrim.

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

    The Highgrader

    William MacLeod Raine

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