an entertainer, especially one in a minstrel show, made up in the role of a black.
the makeup, as burnt cork, used in this role:
They performed in blackface.

Printing. a heavy-faced type.
Contemporary Examples

Why It’s Time to End Blackface, Finally Soraya Roberts October 30, 2013
How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America David Yaffe, Scott Saul December 9, 2014
Why It’s Time to End Blackface, Finally Soraya Roberts October 30, 2013
The Secret War On Black Republicans Keli Goff July 10, 2014
‘Dear White People’: How An Ex-Publicist’s Twitter Became One of the Year’s Most Important Films Marlow Stern October 29, 2014
Death Sentence for Arizona Child Killer Terry Greene Sterling April 6, 2011
Why Isn’t the NRA Defending Ferguson’s Blacks? Cliff Schecter August 18, 2014
Rise of the Anti-Obama The Daily Beast October 15, 2011
Spike Lee on Blackface, ‘Oldboy,’ ’12 Years a Slave,’ and The Brooklyn Nets Jimmy So October 30, 2013

Historical Examples

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 1 Various


a performer made up to imitate a Black person
the make-up used by such a performer, usually consisting of burnt cork

a breed of sheep having a dark face


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