negro

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English[edit]

The term Negro was advanced by American polymath W. E. B. Du Bois.

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish and Portuguese negro ‎(black), from Latin nigrum, masculine accusative case of niger ‎(black), of uncertain origin[1], but possibly from Proto-Indo-European *nókʷts ‎(night).[2]

Adjective[edit]

negro ‎(not comparable)

  1. (dated, now offensive) Relating to the black ethnicity.
  2. (dated, now offensive) Black or dark brown in color.

Usage notes[edit]

In the United States of America, the word negro is considered acceptable only in a historical context or in proper names such as the United Negro College Fund. Black, which replaced negro from 1966 onward, or the more recent African-American (from the 1980s), are the preferred alternatives, with neither being categorically preferred as an endonym (self-designation) or by publications.

Before 1966, negro was accepted and in fact the usual endonym – consider The Negro, 1915, by W. E. B. Du Bois – which itself replaced the older colored in the 1920s, particularly under the advocacy of Du Bois (who advocated capitalization as Negro). Following the coinage and rise of Black Power and Black pride in the 1960s, particularly post-1966, the term black became preferred, and negro became offensive; in 1968 negro was still preferred by most as a self-designation, while by 1974 black was preferred; usage by publications followed.[3]

See also discussion at Wikipedia.

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Noun[edit]

negro ‎(plural negroes or negros)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of Negro
    • 1867, Mayne Reid, Quadrupeds: what they are and where found (page 141)
      The negroes believe that its presence has a sanitary effect upon their cattle []

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Michiel de Vaan (2008), Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers
  2. ^ Watkins, Calvert, ed., The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, 2nd ed., Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000.
  3. ^ When Did the Word Negro Become Taboo? In 1966 or soon thereafter. By Brian Palmer, Slate.com, Jan. 11, 2010

Esperanto[edit]

Noun[edit]

negro ‎(accusative singular negron, plural negroj, accusative plural negrojn)

  1. a Negro
    • 1897 June, A. Kofman, “El Heine: La sklavoŝipo”, Lingvo Internacia, volume 2, number 6-7, page 89:
      “Ses centojn da negroj mi ĉe Senegal
      Akiris je prezo profita,
      Malmola viando, simila al ŝton’,
      La membroj — el ŝtalo forĝita.”
      “600 negros at Senegal I acquired at a profitable price, hard meat, like stone, the members - from steel forged.”

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Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin niger

Adjective[edit]

negro m (feminine singular negra, masculine plural negros, feminine plural negras)

  1. black (colour)

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Colors in Galician · cores (layout · text)
     vermello      púrpura      amarelo      verde      ?      azul      ?
     ?      ?      ?      ?      ciano      ?      ?
     castaño, marrón      rosa      laranxa      negro      cinza      branco

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin niger, nigrum.

Adjective[edit]

negro m ‎(feminine singular negra, masculine plural negri, feminine plural negre)

  1. black, coloured

Noun[edit]

negro m ‎(plural negri)

  1. black, coloured

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Old Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin niger, nigrum.

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negro m ‎(plural negros, feminine negra, feminine plural negras)

  1. black

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Colors in Old Portuguese · coores, colores (layout · text)
     vermello      cardẽo      amarelo      verde      ?      azur      ?
     {{{crimson}}}      ?      ?      ?      ?      ?      ?
     castanno      rosa      ?      negro, preto      gris      branco

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese negro, from Latin niger, nigrum.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

negro m (plural negros, feminine negra, feminine plural negras)

  1. negro

Adjective[edit]

negro ‎(feminine singular negra, masculine plural negros, feminine plural negras, comparable)

  1. black (color)

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin niger, nigrum.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: ne‧gro

Noun[edit]

negro m ‎(plural negros)

  1. the black colour
  2. the black ethnicity

Adjective[edit]

negro m ‎(feminine singular negra, masculine plural negros, feminine plural negras)

  1. black (color)
  2. dirty
  3. sad
  4. clandestine
  5. (Spain) angry

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Colors in Spanish · colores (layout · text)
     rojo      morado      amarillo      verde      azul-petróleo      azul      añil
     carmín, carmesí      magenta      crema      lima      cian      azur      violeta
     marrón      rosa      naranja,
anaranjado
     negro      gris      blanco