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black belt

[ blak -belt, belt for 1, 2 blak -belt for 3, 4; ]
/ ˈblæk ˈbɛlt, ˌbɛlt for 1, 2 ˈblæk ˌbɛlt for 3, 4; /
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noun
Martial Arts.
  1. a black cloth waistband conferred upon a participant in one of the martial arts, as judo or karate, to indicate a degree of expertise of the highest rank.
  2. a person who has obtained such rank.
  3. the rank itself.Compare brown belt, white belt.
a person proficient in some particular skill or endeavor; expert.
(initial capital letters) a narrow belt of dark-colored, calcareous soils in central Alabama and Mississippi highly adapted to agriculture, especially the growing of cotton.
(initial capital letters) the area of a city or region inhabited primarily by Black people.
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Origin of black belt

First recorded in 1865–70

OTHER WORDS FROM black belt

black-belt, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for black belt

black belt

noun
martial arts
  1. a black belt worn by an instructor or expert competitor in the dan grades, usually from first to fifth dan
  2. a person entitled to wear this
the black belt a region of the southern US extending from Georgia across central Alabama and Mississippi, in which the population contains a large number of Black people: also noted for its fertile black soil
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