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"Black" is a noun which is often translated as "el negro", and "African American" is a noun which is often translated as "el afroamericano". Learn more about the difference between "black" and "African American" below.
black(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (color)
a. el negro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She likes black; she says it looks professional.Le gusta el negro; dice que se ve profesional.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (color)
a. negro
I love that black coat you wore yesterday.Me encanta el abrigo negro que tenías puesto ayer.
b. oscuro
The sky is black; I think it's going to rain.El cielo está oscuro; creo que va a llover.
3. (skin color)
a. negro
Barack Obama was the first black president of the United States.Barack Obama fue el primer presidente negro de los Estados Unidos.
b. de color
The first black people came to the island in the 18th century.Las primeras personas de color llegaron a la isla durante el siglo dieciocho.
4. (soiled)
a. negro
Your hands are black. Go wash them!Tienes las manos negras. ¡Ve a lavártelas!
b. sucio
My boots were black after walking through the mud.Estaban sucias mis botas después de caminar por el lodo.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to bruise)
a. poner morado
We were fighting, and the other guy punched me and blacked my eye.Nos estábamos pegando, y el otro tipo me dio un puñetazo y me puso el ojo morado.
6. (to polish)
a. lustrar
Outside the bar, a shoe shiner was blacking a man's shoes.En la puerta del bar, un limpiabotas le lustraba los zapatos a un señor.
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African American(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (American of African descent)
a. el afroamericano
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la afroamericana
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Althea Gibson was the first African American to win Wimbledon and the US Open.Althea Gibson fue la primera afroamericana en ganar Wimbledon y el Abierto de Estados Unidos.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (of African-American origin)
a. afroamericano
The museum has an exhibition of contemporary African American art.El museo tiene una exhibición de arte afroamericana contemporánea.
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