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See also: blackamoor


Etymology 1[edit]

From Blakemor (first recorded use in 1210), from Old English blæc (black) + mór (moor).

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A village in England.

Etymology 2[edit]

black + -a- + Moor (first recorded use in 1547)


Blackamoor (plural Blackamoors)

  1. (obsolete or archaic, offensive) A Moor.
    • 1995, The Blurred Racial Lines of Famous Families: Pushkin Genealogy[1]:
      "Although, as we now realize, no Blackamoor at any 18th century European court was merely decorative, in Ibrahim's case, Peter's expectations for him were as loaded with responsibility as those he would have had for his own son."
    • 1601, pronouncement of Queen Elizabeth I in 1601, Staying Power: the History of Black People in Britain, Peter Fryer[2]:
      highly discontented to understand the great numbers of negars and Blackamoors which (as she is informed) are crept into this realm... who are fostered and relieved [i.e. fed] her to the great annoyance of her own liege people, that want the relief [i.e. food], which those people consume, as also for that the most of them are infidels, having no understanding of Christ or his Gospel.

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