(initial capital letters) a narrow belt of dark-colored, calcareous soils in central Alabama and Mississippi highly adapted to agriculture, especially the growing of cotton.
the area of a city or region inhabited primarily by blacks.
3. Martial Arts. a.
a black cloth waistband conferred upon a participant in one of the martial arts, as judo or karate, to indicate a degree of expertise of the highest rank.
a person who has obtained such rank.
a person proficient in some particular skill or endeavor; expert.
Origin: Related forms