[ nee-groh ]
/ ˈni groʊ /

noun, plural Ne·groes.

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.



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Origin of Negro

1545–55; < Spanish and Portuguese negro ‘black’ < Latin nigrum, masculine accusative of niger ‘black’

usage note for Negro

See black.

Definition for negro (2 of 2)

[ ney-groh; Spanish ne-graw; Portuguese ne-groo ]
/ ˈneɪ groʊ; Spanish ˈnɛ grɔ; Portuguese ˈnɛ grʊ /


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.
Also called Negro River. Portuguese Ri·o Ne·gro [ree-oo ne-groo] /ˈri ʊ ˈnɛ grʊ/. Spanish Rí·o Ne·gro [ree-oh ney-groh; Spanish ree-aw ne-graw] /ˈri oʊ ˈneɪ groʊ; Spanish ˈri ɔ ˈnɛ grɔ/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for negro (1 of 2)

/ (ˈniːɡrəʊ) old-fashioned, offensive /

noun plural -groes

a member of any of the dark-skinned indigenous peoples of Africa and their descendants elsewhere


relating to or characteristic of Negroes

Derived forms of Negro

Negroism, noun

Word Origin for Negro

C16: from Spanish or Portuguese: black, from Latin niger black

British Dictionary definitions for negro (2 of 2)

/ (ˈneɪɡrəʊ, ˈnɛɡ-) /

noun Río Negro

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)
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