[ nee-gris ]
/ ˈni grɪs /
noun Older Use: Usually Offensive.
a term used to refer to a black woman or girl.
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British Dictionary definitions for negress
/ (ˈniːɡrɪs) /
a female Black person
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Word Origin and History for negress
1750, from French négresse, fem. of nègre "negro," which came to French via Spanish or Portuguese (see Negro).
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