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noun Older Use: Usually Offensive.
  1. a term used to refer to a black woman or girl.
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Origin of Negress

From the French word négresse, dating back to 1780–90. See Negro, -ess

Usage note

See -ess.
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Contemporary Examples of negress

Historical Examples of negress

  • His wife was a negress from Loanda, very large and very noisy.

    Tales of Unrest

    Joseph Conrad

  • They threatened and flattered the negress, who said nothing in reply.

    Oswald Langdon

    Carson Jay Lee

  • But everywhere, even in the domains of slavery, how tenderly has the Negress been spoken of!

  • "Well, well—a little that side, now—" The negress moves the pillow a little to the left.

    An Outcast

    F. Colburn Adams

  • "Yes," replied together the negro and negress, who held her by each hand.


    Anatole France

British Dictionary definitions for negress


  1. 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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