What does black and white mean?

Definitions for black and white

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word black and white.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. written communication, written language, black and white(noun)

    communication by means of written symbols (either printed or handwritten)

  2. black and white, monochrome(adj)

    a black-and-white photograph or slide

  3. black-and-white(adj)

    lacking hue or shades of grey; part white and part black

    "a black-and-white cow"; "black-and-white blooms"; "black-and-white stripes"

  4. black-and-white, black and white(p)(adj)

    not having or not capable of producing colors

    "black-and-white film"; "a black-and-white TV"; "the movie was in black and white"

  5. black-and-white(adj)

    of a situation that is sharply divided into mutually exclusive categories

    "he rejected a black-and-white world"; "there are no black-and-white certainties"; "there were no grey areas, you were either for him or against him, he was all black-and-white"


  1. black and white(Noun)

    A 1970s police patrol car.

  2. black and white(Noun)

    A type of giant cookie (about 8 inches diameter) with icing on the top side: half white, half dark chocolate.

  3. black and white(Adjective)

    Representing colours with pure black and white tones or with shades of gray.

  4. black and white(Adjective)

    Easily divided into diametrically opposing camps or schools of thought.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of black and white in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of black and white in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Erica Garner:

    This is not a black-and-white issue. This is a national crisis.

  2. John Wayne:

    If everything isn't black and white, I say, “Why the hell not?

  3. Jim White:

    When people see eating as black and white that could be dangerous.

  4. New Horizons:

    We're seeing these crazy black-and-white patterns. We have no idea what those mean.

  5. Clarissa Serna:

    Men usually get simple black and white with mustaches and crosses or more of a scary look.

Images & Illustrations of black and white

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