black belt

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black belt (plural black belts)

  1. (martial arts) The highest belt colour in various martial arts.
  2. (martial arts) Someone who has attained the black belt in martial arts.
    Raymond is a black belt in karate.
  3. (figuratively, colloquial) Great skill in any field.
  4. (management) A senior manager who is expert in one of various management systems such as Six Sigma or DMAIC and acts in a project leader or mentor role.
    • 2011, Bob Paladino, Five Key Principles of Corporate Performance Management, →ISBN:
      I had the good fortune of being engaged to participate as a trainer to GE Capital Corporation, where we helped to launch their now well-known and highly regarded black belt program.
  5. (US, southern) A geographic region where the residents are predominantly or exclusively African-American.
    • 1992, Hanes Walton, The Native Son Presidential Candidate: The Carter Vote in Georgia, →ISBN, page 5:
      Bernard Cosman found that in Georgia, it was the black belt whites who gave Goldwater his largest percentage of the vote.