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Origin of swart

before 900; Middle English; Old English sweart black, dark; cognate with German schwarz, Old Norse svartr, Gothic swarts; akin to Latin sordēs filth
Related formsswart·ness, noun


  1. Charles Rob·berts [rob-erts] /ˈrɒb ərts/, 1894–1982, South African statesman: president 1961–67.
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Historical Examples of swart

  • "P'raps I don't," said the swart man; and lapsed into a fuming silence.

    Tales of Space and Time

    Herbert George Wells

  • Her hair was silvery, and contrasted strangely with her swart face.

  • All,” answered Swart, “save the few fighting men that gained the fells.

    Erling the Bold

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • "Time is done," said Swart Piet, replacing the watch in his pocket.


    H. Rider Haggard

  • She has escaped from Swart Piet and is unharmed, but a prisoner among the Kaffirs.


    H. Rider Haggard

British Dictionary definitions for swart


swarth (swɔːθ)

  1. archaic, or dialect swarthy
Derived Formsswartness or swarthness, noun

Word Origin for swart

Old English sweart; related to Old Frisian swart, Old Norse svartr, Old High German swarz black, Latin sordēs dirt; see sordid
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Word Origin and History for swart

Old English sweart "black," from Proto-Germanic *swartaz (cf. Old Frisian and Middle Dutch swart, Old Norse svartr, German schwarz, Gothic swarts "dark-colored, black"), from PIE root *swordo- "dirty, dark, black" (source of sordid). The true Germanic word for "black," surviving in the Continental languages.

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