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1. Makeup for a conventionalized comic travesty of black people, especially in a minstrel show.
2. An actor wearing such makeup in a minstrel show.
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1. (Theatre)
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. (Animals) a breed of sheep having a dark face
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a. black facial makeup, orig. burnt cork, worn by theatrical performers, esp. in minstrel shows.
b. a performer wearing such makeup.
2. a heavy-faced type.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blackface - the makeup (usually burnt cork) used by a performer in order to imitate a Negroblackface - the makeup (usually burnt cork) used by a performer in order to imitate a Negro
makeup, make-up, war paint - cosmetics applied to the face to improve or change your appearance
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