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darktown

[dahrk-toun] /ˈdɑrkˌtaʊn/
noun, Older Use: Usually Offensive.
1.
a part of a town or city inhabited largely by blacks.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism; dark + town
Usage note
This term from the 1880s, as used in the American South, is usually perceived as insulting and racist. But Darktown Strutters’ Ball was the name of a popular jazz song written in 1917.
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