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blackamoor

[ blak-uh-moor ]
/ ˈblæk əˌmʊər /
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noun
Older Use: Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a Black person.
  2. a contemptuous term used to refer to any dark-skinned person.
Art. a stylized depiction of a Black servant in rich clothing, classical robes, or noble tribal costume, used as a decorative element in furniture, textiles, or jewelry, especially during the period of European colonialism.
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Origin of blackamoor

First recorded in 1540–50; unexplained variant of phrase Black Moor

usage note for blackamoor

So-called blackamoors, or Black Moors, were Black servants, originally enslaved North Africans, who worked in wealthy European households from the 15th-18th centuries. The negative connotation of the term comes from its historical association with servitude and from the perception that Black Moors were strangely exotic. In 1596, Queen Elizabeth I targeted them for deportation.
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British Dictionary definitions for blackamoor

blackamoor
/ (ˈblækəˌmʊə, -ˌmɔː) /

noun
archaic a Black African or other person with dark skin

Word Origin for blackamoor

C16: see Black, Moor
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