blackbelt

black belt

[blak belt for 1, 2; blak belt, belt for 3, 4]
noun
1.
(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.
2.
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.
b.
a person who has obtained such rank.
c.
the rank itself. Compare brown belt, white belt.
4.
a person proficient in some particular skill or endeavor; expert.

Origin:
1865–70

black-belt, adjective
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black belt
 
n
1.  martial arts
 a.  a black belt worn by an instructor or expert competitor in the dan grades, usually from first to fifth dan
 b.  a person entitled to wear this
2.  the black belt a region of the southern US extending from Georgia across central Alabama and Mississippi, in which the population contains a large number of Black people: also noted for its fertile black soil

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