- Anthropology. (no longer in technical use) a member of the peoples traditionally classified as the Negro race, especially those who originate in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Older Use: Often Offensive. a black person.
- Anthropology. (no longer in technical use) of, relating to, or characteristic of one of the traditional racial divisions of humankind, generally marked by brown to black skin pigmentation, dark eyes, and tightly curled hair and including especially the indigenous peoples of Africa south of the Sahara.
- Older Use. of or relating to black people, often African Americans: a Negro spiritual: the Negro leagues in baseball.
Origin of Negro1
- a river in NW South America, flowing SE from E Colombia through N Brazil into the Amazon. 1400 miles (2255 km) long.
- a river in S Argentina, flowing E from the Andes to the Atlantic. 700 miles (1125 km) long.
- a river in SE South America, flowing S from Brazil and W through Uruguay, to the Uruguay River. About 500 miles (800 km) long.
Examples from the Web for negro
You know: I am to intone that these pundits think of Obama as an “uppity Negro.”Why the Right Thinks Obama’s a Narcissist—and Why They’re Wrong
September 18, 2014
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” as he recalled driving by a housing project in Las Vegas.What Cliven Bundy’s Famous Backers Said, Before and After
April 25, 2014
Triplett would become the first Negro that was drafted by a team, the Detroit Lions, to make an NFL roster in 1949.Playing Pinochle and Breaking Barriers With Jackie Robinson
March 30, 2014
Here the consequences of the historic injustices done to Negro Americans are silent and hidden from view.
The object should be to strengthen the Negro family so as to enable it to raise and support its members as do other families.
"Eighty-five," said the clerk; and the drummer and the Negro disappeared.In the Midst of Alarms
This brought the negro a few steps in front of his companion.
One could see the negro now; he sat on a barrel at the end of the room.
"The change that has come over the South—to the negro," I answered.
He wouldn't have a negro on the place that he had to watch, nor one that wasn't happy.
- a member of any of the dark-skinned indigenous peoples of Africa and their descendants elsewhere
- relating to or characteristic of Negroes
- a river in NW South America, rising in E Colombia (as the Guainía) and flowing east, then south as part of the border between Colombia and Venezuela, entering Brazil and continuing southeast to join the Amazon at Manáus. Length: about 2250 km (1400 miles)
- a river in S central Argentina, formed by the confluence of the Neuquén and Limay Rivers and flowing east and southeast to the Atlantic. Length: about 1014 km (630 miles)
- a river in central Uruguay, rising in S Brazil and flowing southwest into the Uruguay River. Length: about 467 km (290 miles)
Word Origin and History for negro
"member of a black-skinned race of Africa," 1550s, from Spanish or Portuguese negro "black," from Latin nigrum (nominative niger) "black, dark, sable, dusky," figuratively "gloomy, unlucky, bad, wicked," of unknown origin (perhaps from PIE *nekw-t- "night," cf. Watkins). As an adjective from 1590s. Use with a capital N- became general early 20c. (e.g. 1930 in "New York Times" stylebook) in reference to U.S. citizens of African descent, but because of its perceived association with white-imposed attitudes and roles the word was ousted late 1960s in this sense by Black (q.v.).
Professor Booker T. Washington, being politely interrogated ... as to whether negroes ought to be called 'negroes' or 'members of the colored race' has replied that it has long been his own practice to write and speak of members of his race as negroes, and when using the term 'negro' as a race designation to employ the capital 'N' ["Harper's Weekly," June 2, 1906]
Meaning "English language as spoken by U.S. blacks" is from 1704. French nègre is a 16c. borrowing from Spanish negro.