noun, plural Ne·groes.
Origin of Negro1
Examples from the Web for negro
But as she continued barren, she was sold to the 'negro buyers.'
The instructions for the recruiting officers from his headquarters at Cambridge prohibited the enlistment of any 'negro.'
I enter a train to New York, and am banished to the rear seat or the 'negro car.'What Answer?|Anna E. Dickinson
Our right was pressed back on the 'negro avengers of Fort Pillow.'The Black Phalanx|Joseph T. Wilson
Gives the following account of a 'negro hunt,' in that Parish.
noun plural -groes
Word Origin for Negro
noun Río 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.