black market


noun
  1. the illicit buying and selling of goods in violation of legal price controls, rationing, etc.

  2. a place where such activity is carried on.

Origin of black market

1
First recorded in 1930–35

Words Nearby black market

Other definitions for black-market (2 of 2)

black-market
[ blak-mahr-kit ]

verb (used without object)
  1. to black-marketeer.

verb (used with object)
  1. to sell (something) in the black market.

Origin of black-market

2
First recorded in 1930–35; v. use of black market

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How to use black market in a sentence

  • It seemed to her that the men might be identified through black market operators with whom they must have dealings.

    Ghost Beyond the Gate | Mildred A. Wirt
  • Nothing very reliable was available in the black market without more notice.

    Shock Treatment | Stanley Mullen
  • Even the most respectable businessmen were doing occasional business with the black market in technological devices.

    Damned If You Don't | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Vernon Trask was the go-between for some of the biggest black market operators in the country.

    Damned If You Don't | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • There still were crooks who thought that the black market dealt in stolen goods of that sort.

    Damned If You Don't | Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for black market

black market

noun
    • any system in which goods or currencies are sold and bought illegally, esp in violation of controls or rationing

    • (as modifier): black market lamb

  1. the place where such a system operates

verbblack-market
  1. to sell (goods) on the black market

Derived forms of black market

  • black marketeer, noun

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Cultural definitions for black market

black market

The illegal buying and selling of goods above the price fixed by a government. Black markets usually develop when, because of war, disaster, or public policy, a government tries to set prices for commodities instead of allowing the normal operations of supply and demand to set prices.

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