blackface

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English[edit]

Vaudevillian Bert Williams in blackface, 1921

Etymology[edit]

From black +‎ face.

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Noun[edit]

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blackface (countable and uncountable, plural blackfaces)

  1. (uncountable) A style of theatrical makeup in which a non-black person blackens their face in order to portray a negro.
  2. (countable) A sheep of the Scottish Blackface breed.

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