noir

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Shortened from film noir, and from French noir. Doublet of negro.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈnwɑː/
  • (file)
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈnwɑɹ/
  • Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)

Adjective[edit]

noir (comparative more noir, superlative most noir)

  1. (film, television) Of or pertaining to film noir, or the atmosphere associated with that genre
    • 2008, Jerold J. Abrams & Elizabeth Cooke, “Detection and the Logic of Abduction in The X-Files”, in The Philosophy of TV Noir[1], →ISBN, page 182:
      As a neo-Sherlock Holmes, however, Mulder is also a very noir version of the classic detective (just as Scully is a very noir Watson).

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Noun[edit]

noir (countable and uncountable, plural noirs)

  1. (film and television, uncountable) Film noir.
  2. (film and television, countable) A production in the style of film noir.
    • 2007, January 29, “Wendell Jamieson”, in Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt, Nights Are Noir in Fog City[2]:
      Several noirs, including “Raw Deal,” have been set here.

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French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • Noir (for the noun with the sense "black person")

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French noir, from Old French noir, neir, from Latin nigrum, accusative of niger. Doublet of nègre.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

noir (feminine singular noire, masculine plural noirs, feminine plural noires)

  1. black in colour.
    Ce chat est noir.This cat is black.
  2. dark.
    Il fait encore noir dehors.It is still dark outside.
  3. drunk; inebriated.
    Il est noir.He is drunk.
  4. black, of black ethnicity
    Il est noir.He is black.

Noun[edit]

noir m (plural noirs, feminine noire)

  1. a black person
  2. a person whose hair is dark
  3. dark; darkness
    Je suis seul dans le noir. - I'm alone in the dark.

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See also[edit]

Colors in French · couleurs (layout · text)
     blanc      gris      noir
             rouge; cramoisi              orange; brun              jaune; crème
             vert citron              vert              menthe
             cyan; bleu canard              azur              bleu
             violet; indigo              magenta; pourpre              rose

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French noir, neir.

Noun[edit]

noir m (uncountable)

  1. black

Adjective[edit]

noir m (feminine singular noire, masculine plural noirs, feminine plural noires)

  1. black

Descendants[edit]

  • French: noir

Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From earlier neir, from Latin nigrum, accusative of niger.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

noir m (oblique plural noirs, nominative singular noirs, nominative plural noir)

  1. black (color)

Adjective[edit]

noir m (oblique and nominative feminine singular noire)

  1. black; having a black color

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