Origin of black-and-white
Definition for black-and-white (2 of 2)
black and white
Examples from the Web for black-and-white
This whole thing about a black-and-white culture of knee-jerk reactions is reinforced by television.James Patterson Goes Full ‘Fahrenheit 451’ With Burning Book Video|William O’Connor|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Having sufficiently wet ourselves, we viewers are left with a chilling, black-and-white image of blood circling the shower drain.Sex, Blood and Maroon 5: Pop Culture’s Wounds Run Deep|Lizzie Crocker|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They have even put a black-and-white picture of Kate Middleton looking stressed and worried on the front cover.
He dropped a few hints about the “small,” “idiosyncratic” black-and-white movie that he will shoot after he finishes Crimson Peak.Guillermo del Toro on Hardcore Gothic ‘Crimson Peak’ and ‘Pacific Rim 2’|Andrew Romano|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The cross slowly (and in black-and-white) falls to the ground as we are told that religious freedom is under attack in America.
The blinds of the house were closed, and from the door-knob hung the black-and-white token of mourning.
He was talking to one of the porters, and his broad, black-and-white check back was towards us.Miss Million's Maid|Bertha Ruck
The black-and-white banner of skunk-kind is a huge bushy resplendent tail, sometimes as wide as it is long.Everyday Adventures|Samuel Scoville
"You seem to be all black-and-white men here," remarked Ewing.Ewing\'s Lady|Harry Leon Wilson
The lynx paused, and glanced up into a tree, as if suddenly interested in the flittings of a black-and-white woodpecker.Hoof and Claw|Charles G. D. Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for black-and-white
- a photograph, picture, sketch, etc, in black, white, and shades of grey rather than in colour
- (as modifier)black-and-white film
- in print or writing
- in extremeshe always saw things in black and white
Idioms and Phrases with black-and-white
black and white
A monochromatic picture, drawing, television image, computer monitor, or film, as opposed to one using many colors, as in Photos in black and white fade less than those taken with color film. [Late 1800s]
Also, black or white. Involving a very clear distinction, without any gradations. For example, He tended to view everything as a black and white issue—it was either right or wrong—whereas his partner always found gray areas. This usage is based on the association of black with evil and white with virtue, which dates back at least 2,000 years. [Early 1800s] Also see gray area.
in black and white. Written down or in print, and therefore official. For example, The terms of our agreement were spelled out in black and white, so there should be no question about it. This term alludes to black ink or print on white paper. Shakespeare used it in Much Ado about Nothing (5:1). [Late 1500s]