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[swawrt] /swɔrt/
Origin of swart
before 900; Middle English; Old English sweart black, dark; cognate with German schwarz, Old Norse svartr, Gothic swarts; akin to Latin sordēs filth
Related forms
swartness, noun


[swawrt] /swɔrt/
Charles Robberts
[rob-erts] /ˈrɒb ərts/ (Show IPA),
1894–1982, South African statesman: president 1961–67. Unabridged
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  • "P'raps I don't," said the swart man; and lapsed into a fuming silence.

    Tales of Space and Time Herbert George Wells
  • Her hair was silvery, and contrasted strangely with her swart face.

    A Coin of Edward VII Fergus Hume
  • Sihamba called upon her people to follow, but they would not, for they feared to meet swart Piet in the open.

    Swallow H. Rider Haggard
  • "We hear you, husband," they said again, whereon swart Piet turned and rode away.

    Swallow H. Rider Haggard
  • The thongs about the neck of the swart Bigbeam had become undone, and her normal front filled all the window's broad interior.

    The Wolf's Long Howl Stanley Waterloo
  • "Time is done," said swart Piet, replacing the watch in his pocket.

    Swallow H. Rider Haggard
  • Now they come up into the wood, and find swart slain, and bear him home.

  • He was swart, so swart as obviously to be of Southern European extraction.

    The Flying Death Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • What was she more than the swart women who had lived here and been wooed of men?

    Rose of Dutcher's Coolly Hamlin Garland
  • Frey shall fall before swart, the giant with the flaming sword.

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon
British Dictionary definitions for swart


(archaic or dialect) swarthy
Derived Forms
swartness, swarthness, noun
Word Origin
Old English sweart; related to Old Frisian swart, Old Norse svartr, Old High German swarz black, Latin sordēs dirt; see sordid
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Word Origin and History for swart

Old English sweart "black," from Proto-Germanic *swartaz (cf. Old Frisian and Middle Dutch swart, Old Norse svartr, German schwarz, Gothic swarts "dark-colored, black"), from PIE root *swordo- "dirty, dark, black" (source of sordid). The true Germanic word for "black," surviving in the Continental languages.

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