noun Date: 1869 makeup applied to a performer playing a black person especially in a minstrel show; also a performer wearing such makeup

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  • blackface — ☆ blackface [blak′fās΄] adj. having a black or blackened face n. black makeup used by a performer, as in a minstrel show …   English World dictionary

  • Blackface — For other uses, see Blackface (disambiguation). This reproduction of a 1900 William H. West minstrel show poster, originally published by the Strobridge Litho Co., shows the transformation from white to black . Blackface is a form of theatrical… …   Wikipedia

  • Blackface — Demande de traduction Blackface → Blackface …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Blackface — Reproduktion eines Minstrel Show Plakats aus dem Jahre 1900. Es zeigt die Verwandlung von „weiß“ nach „schwarz“. Blackface ist eine rassistisch geprägte Theater und Unterhaltungsmaskerade, die in den Minstrel Shows des 19. Jahrhunderts in den… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Blackface —    This term refers to performers blacking up with burnt cork to play exaggerated versions of African Americans, typically in minstrel shows and early musicals, although white actors in blackface often played African American characters in… …   The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater

  • blackface — /blak fays /, n. 1. Theat. a. an entertainer, esp. one in a minstrel show, made up in the role of a black. b. the makeup, as burnt cork, used in this role: They performed in blackface. 2. Print. a heavy faced type. [1695 1705; BLACK + FACE] * * * …   Universalium

  • blackface — noun a style of theatrical makeup in which a white person blackens the face in order to represent a negro …   Wiktionary

  • blackface — n. theatrical makeup used by a performer impersonating a black person; performer who wears such makeup …   English contemporary dictionary

  • blackface — noun 1》 a sheep of a breed with a black face. 2》 the make up used by a non black performer playing a black role …   English new terms dictionary

  • blackface — black•face [[t]ˈblækˌfeɪs[/t]] n. 1) sbz a) black facial makeup, orig. burnt cork, worn by theatrical performers, esp. in minstrel shows b) a performer wearing such makeup 2) pri a heavy faced type • Etymology: 1695–1705 …   From formal English to slang