Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A book containing names of people or organizations to blacklist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • One of several books of a political character, published at different times and for different purposes; -- so called either from the color of the binding, or from the character of the contents.
  • A book compiled in the twelfth century, containing a description of the court of exchequer of England, an official statement of the revenues of the crown, etc.
  • A book containing details of the enormities practiced in the English monasteries and religious houses, compiled by order of their visitors under Henry VIII., to hasten their dissolution.
  • A book of admiralty law, of the highest authority, compiled in the reign of Edw. III.
  • A book kept for the purpose of registering the names of persons liable to censure or punishment, as in the English universities, or the English armies.
  • Any book which treats of necromancy.
  • A book containing a black list.
  • A book kept by a single man, containing a list of women whom he calls occasionally for a social date; -- usually used in the phrase little black book.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a list of people who are out of favor

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Examples

  • The details in the box headed “Cause of Death” in the registrar’s oblong black book read “Cardiac failure due to myocardial degeneration.

    The Fashion in Shrouds

  • According to the old record in the black book of Dublin, a cantred is said to contain 30 villatas terras, which are also called quarters of land (quarterons, cartrons); every one of which quarters must contain so much ground as will pasture 400 cows, and 17 plough-lands.

    Castle Rackrent: An Hibernian Tale

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