[ dahrk-toun ]
/ ˈdɑrkˌtaʊn /

noun Older Use: Usually Offensive.

a part of a town or city inhabited largely by blacks.

Origin of darktown

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; dark + town

Usage note

This term from the 1880s, as used in the American South, is usually perceived as insulting and racist. But Darktown Strutters’ Ball was the name of a popular jazz song written in 1917.
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