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[nee-gris] /ˈni grɪs/

noun, Older Use: Usually Offensive.
a term used to refer to a black woman or girl.
a female Black person

1750, from French négresse, fem. of nègre “negro,” which came to French via Spanish or Portuguese (see Negro).


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