a bituminous substance, usually asphalt, for paving roads, parking lots, playgrounds, etc.
a road covered with blacktop.


pertaining to or surfaced with blacktop: a blacktop driveway.

verb (used with object), black·topped, black·top·ping.

to pave with blacktop.

Origin of blacktop

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35; black + top1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for blacktop

blacktop, bitumen

Examples from the Web for blacktop

Contemporary Examples of blacktop

Historical Examples of blacktop

  • He turned off the blacktop and started down the rutted path.

  • Zircon took a blacktop road to the west, close to the base of the mountain.

    The Flaming Mountain

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • At the end of the blacktop, he and Scotty got out and examined the road surface.

    The Flaming Mountain

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • On the Golp Terrace, as the blacktop island was called, everyone and everything conformed—or else.

    A Knyght Ther Was

    Robert F. Young

  • Rounding a curve in a narrow, blacktop road, he saw the home behind a grove of trees.

    Occasion for Disaster

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for blacktop


noun mainly US and Canadian

a bituminous mixture used for paving
a road paved with this mixture
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for blacktop

road resurfacing material, 1931, American English, from black (adj.) + top (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper