[ neg-ri-tood, -tyood, nee-gri- ]
/ ˈnɛg rɪˌtud, -ˌtyud, ˈni grɪ- /

noun (sometimes lowercase) Older Use: Often Offensive.

the historical, cultural, and social heritage considered common to black people collectively.

Origin of Negritude

1945–50; < French négritude; see Negro, -i-, -tude

Usage note

See black. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for negritude


/ (ˈniːɡrɪˌtjuːd, ˈnɛɡ-) /


the fact of being a Negro
awareness and cultivation of the Negro heritage, values, and culture

Word Origin for negritude

C20: from French, from nègre Negro 1
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Word Origin and History for negritude



1950, from French négritude; see negro + -tude. Supposedly coined by young authors in the French colonies of Africa before World War II.

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