a) (degrading) A person with dark skin, especially (but not necessarily) one from northern Africa

"What!" exclaimed the Prince, "the music is by the blackamoor (a black Moor). Well, my fine blackamoor, henceforth thou art in my service."

b) a blackamoor slave, a blackamoor servant; and hence any slave, servant, inferior, or child

What had Pringle done to merit such a severe penalty? He had said to Adusei during a criminal trial, "Hows the blackamoor?". The Tribunal found that this was offensive, which clearly it was, and constituted an act of racial discrimination.

Syn: black, Negro

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