[nee-gruh-fahyl, -fil]
noun (sometimes lowercase) Older Use: Often Offensive.
  1. a white or other nonblack person who is especially sympathetic to or supportive of black people.
Also Ne·gro·phil [nee-gruh-fil] /ˈni grə fɪl/.

Origin of Negrophile

First recorded in 1795–1805; Negro + -phile
Related formsNe·groph·i·lism [ni-grof-uh-liz-uh m] /nɪˈgrɒf əˌlɪz əm/, nounNe·groph·i·list, noun

Usage note

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

British Dictionary definitions for negrophil


Negrophile (ˈniːɡrəʊˌfaɪl)

  1. a person who admires Negroes and their culture
Derived FormsNegrophilism (niːˈɡrɒfɪˌlɪzəm), noun
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Word Origin and History for negrophil


1803, from Negro + -phile.

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