the quality or state of being black.
the quality or state of being a black person.

Origin of blackness

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at black, -ness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for blackness

duskiness, gloom, murkiness, dark, dimness, nightfall

Examples from the Web for blackness

Contemporary Examples of blackness

Historical Examples of blackness

  • Blackness had descended on them again, except for the dull glow of K.'s old pipe.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Clark joined in the argument from the blackness under the locust tree.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • All this must not be eclipsed in the Blackness of the Black Country.

  • It arose, at length, as from the dead, overshadowing her with all the blackness of her crime.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • A figure had sprung suddenly from the blackness of the trees.

Word Origin and History for blackness

late 14c., from black (adj.) + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper