black belt

[blak belt for 1, 2; blak belt, belt for 3, 4]
  1. (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.
  2. the area of a city or region inhabited primarily by blacks.
  3. 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.
  4. a person proficient in some particular skill or endeavor; expert.

Origin of black belt

First recorded in 1865–70
Related formsblack-belt, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for black belt

black belt

  1. 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
  2. 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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