noun, plural Ne·groes.
Origin of Negro1
Examples from the Web for negro
Contemporary Examples of 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.
Historical Examples of negro
"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.
He wouldn't have a negro on the place that he had to watch, nor one that wasn't happy.
"The change that has come over the South—to the negro," I answered.
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.