Definition of blackface in English:


Pronunciation /ˈblakfās/ /ˈblækfeɪs/

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  • 1Used to refer to the practice of wearing makeup to imitate the appearance of a black person. The use of such makeup was associated with minstrel shows in the United States from the 1830s until the mid 20th century; it is now regarded as highly offensive.

    ‘he appeared in blackface’
    • ‘blackface minstrels’
    cosmetics, greasepaint
  • 2A sheep of a breed with a black face.