blackface

blackface

[blak-feys]
noun
1.
Theater.
a.
an entertainer, especially 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.
Printing. a heavy-faced type.

Origin:
1695–1705; black + face

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blackface (ˈblækˌfeɪs)
 
n
1.  a.  a performer made up to imitate a Black person
 b.  the make-up used by such a performer, usually consisting of burnt cork
2.  a breed of sheep having a dark face

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