Black book
Black book Black" book` (bl[a^]k" b[oo^]k`). 1. One of several books of a political character, published at different times and for different purposes; -- so called either from the color of the binding, or from the character of the contents. [1913 Webster]

2. A book compiled in the twelfth century, containing a description of the court of exchequer of England, an official statement of the revenues of the crown, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. A book containing details of the enormities practiced in the English monasteries and religious houses, compiled by order of their visitors under Henry VIII., to hasten their dissolution. [1913 Webster]

4. A book of admiralty law, of the highest authority, compiled in the reign of Edw. III. --Bouvier. --Wharton. [1913 Webster]

5. A book kept for the purpose of registering the names of persons liable to censure or punishment, as in the English universities, or the English armies. [1913 Webster]

6. Any book which treats of necromancy. [1913 Webster]

7. A book containing a {black list}. [PJC]

8. A book kept by a single man, containing a list of women whom he calls occasionally for a social date; -- usually used in the phrase {little black book}. [jocose] [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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