blackface

blackface
/blak"fays'/, n.
1. Theat.
a. an entertainer, esp. one in a minstrel show, made up in the role of a black.
b. the makeup, as burnt cork, used in this role: They performed in blackface.
2. Print. a heavy-faced type.
[1695-1705; BLACK + FACE]

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