Of the very darkest color owing to the absence of or complete absorption of light; the opposite of white. Of any human group having dark-colored skin, especially of African or Australian Aboriginal ancestry. (of a period of time or situation) characterized by tragic or disastrous events; causing despair or pessimism. Black color or pigment. A member of a dark-skinned people, especially one of African or Australian Aboriginal ancestry. (in a game or sport) a black piece or ball, in particular. Make black, especially by the application of black polish.