el negro
-the black
See the entry for negro.


An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (color)
a. black
¿Prefieres el vestido rojo o el negro?Do you prefer the red dress or the black dress?
b. dark (eyes)
Tiene unos ojos negros de impresión.He has striking dark eyes.
2. (skin color)
a. black
Mi padre es blanco y mi madre es negra.My father is white and my mother is black.
3. (bronzed)
a. tanned
Pasó dos días en la playa y volvió completamente negra.She spent two days at the seaside and was completely tanned on her return.
4. (pessimistic)
a. gloomy
Tiene una visión muy negra de la vida.She takes a very gloomy view of life.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¡Estoy negro de esperar!I've had enough of waiting!
¡Me pone negra que la gente sea tan maleducada!It drives me crazy when people are so rude!
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
6. (color)
a. black
El negro pega con todo.Black suits everything.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
7. (person)
a. black person
Muchos negros de los Estados Unidos emigraron a Liberia en el siglo XIX.Many black people in the United States emigrated to Liberia in the 19th century.
8. (writer)
a. ghostwriter
Contrató a un negro para que escribiera sus memorias.He hired a ghostwriter to write his memoirs.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
(term of endearment)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. honey
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
¿Qué tal, negro? Pareces triste hoy.How are you, honey? You look sad today.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (color)
a. black
2. (bronceado, moreno)
a. tanned
estar negroto have a deep tan
3. (pan)
a. brown
4. (suerte)
a. awful, rotten
5. (porvenir)
a. black, gloomy
llevo una tarde negraI'm having a terrible afternoon
pasarlas negrasto have a hard time
ver(lo) todo negroto be pessimistic
6. (colloquial)
a. furious, fuming
me pone negro que nunca me avisen de nadait makes me mad that they never tell me anything
7. (tabaco)
a. black, dark
8. (cinema)
cine negrofilm noir
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
9. (general)
a. black man, black woman
10. (fam fig)
trabajar como un negroto work like a slave
11. (color)
a. black
12. (tabaco)
a. black o dark tobacco
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negroa negra
1 [+color, pelo] black; [+ojos, tabaco] dark; [+raza] black; Negro (anticuado)
más negro que el azabache jet-black
negro como boca de lobo
negro como un pozo
pitch-black; pitch-dark
2 (moreno) [+piel] dark; swarthy; (por el sol) tanned; brown
ponerse negro to go brown; tan
3 (sucio) filthy; black
lávate las manos que las tienes negras
4 [+estado de ánimo, humor] black; gloomy; [+suerte] terrible; atrocious
la cosa se pone negra it's not going well; it looks bad; lo ve todo negro he always sees the negative side of things; he's terribly pessimistic about everything; ve muy negro el porvenir he's very gloomy about the future
pasarlas negras to have a tough time of it
verse negro to be in a jam (familiar)
verse negro para hacer algo to have one's work cut out to do sth; nos vimos negros para salir del apuro we had a tough time getting out of it
vérselas negras to find o.s. in trouble
5 (enfadado) cross; peeved (familiar)
estoy negro con esto I'm getting desperate about it; poner negro a algn to make sb cross; upset sb; ponerse negro to get cross; cut up rough
6 (ilegal) black
dinero negro hot money; economía negra black economy; mercado negro black market
7 (Política) fascist
terrorismo negro fascist terrorism
1 (color) black
en negro (Fotografía) in black and white
negro de humo lampblack
2 (Caribe) (café) black coffee
1 (persona) black; coloured person (anticuado); Negro (anticuado)
¡no somos negros! we won't stand for it!; you can't do that to us!
sacar lo que el negro del sermón
trabajar como un negro to work like a dog; slave away (familiar)
2 (escritor) ghostwriter
mi negro (And) (S. Cone) (cariño) darling; honey
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