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.


Nearby words

  1. blackstrap molasses,
  2. blacktail,
  3. blackthorn,
  4. blacktip shark,
  5. blacktongue,
  6. blacktown,
  7. blackwall hitch,
  8. blackwash,
  9. blackwater,
  10. blackwater fever

Origin of blacktop

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

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British Dictionary definitions for blacktop


noun mainly US and Canadian

a bituminous mixture used for paving
a road paved with this mixture
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Word Origin and History for blacktop



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

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