blackamoor

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blackamoor (plural blackamoors)

  1. (degrading) A person with dark skin, especially (but not necessarily) one from northern Africa
    • 2003, Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn, Beethoven: Revealing His True Identity [1]
      "What!" exclaimed the Prince, "the music is by the blackamoor (a black Moor). Well, my fine blackamoor, henceforth thou art in my service."
    • 2002, Barbara Hewson, An English Bar Disciplinary Tribunal went over the top when dealing with a racial harassment case. [2]
      What had Pringle done to merit such a severe penalty? He had said to Adusei during a criminal trial, "How's the blackamoor?". The Tribunal found that this was offensive, which clearly it was, and constituted an act of racial discrimination.
    • 1958, Maurice W. Connell, The Prophet Said Silk ([3]), citing Thomas Gage's Travels in the New World, J. Eric S. Thompson (editor), page 73
      Gage noted the clothing of the slaves of the Spanish nobles, and silk was common to them. "The gentlemen have their train of blackamoor slaves, some a dozen, some half a dozen, waiting on them, in brave and gallant liveries, heavy with gold and silver lace, with silk stockings on their black legs, and roses on their feet, and swords by their sides."
  2. a blackamoor slave, a blackamoor servant; and hence any slave, servant, inferior, or child
    • 1999, Doug Davis, Lost Girl [4]
      She seems to have been a serious girl, but she remembered her father's characterization of her as his "Little blackamoor."
    • 1893, Annotation to The Diary of Samuel Pepys by "Mary", [5] citing Restoration London, Liza Picard, pages 178-179.
      In 1596 Elizabeth I had already decreed that all "blackamoors" should be sent back to Spain or Portugal as they were disturbing local labour markets. It became very fashionable for the wealthy to have "blackamoor" page boys and personal servants, as their complexions set off the pale-skinned beauty of the women of the family.
  3. (heraldry) a stylized Negro
    Argent, three blackamoors' heads couped sable, capped or, fretty gules.

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