One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal A lump of coal.
- ‘The first black diamonds were mined on ‘Coal Hill,’ now Mt. Washington in Pittsburgh, in the late 1700s.’
- ‘When first black diamond lumps were found beneath the ancient Appalachian ground a scene that none expected to see became as common as common can be.’
2A dark, opaque form of diamond.Also called carbonado
- ‘Her black dress, shining from some silver silk material with black diamonds sewn into the hems and lines, contrasted with her washed-pale skin.’
- ‘Her eyes were like black diamonds, and just as cold.’
- ‘They are beginning to consider whether they should start a fashion for black wedding gowns, having very successfully set a fashion for black diamonds a few years ago.’
- ‘‘He got her a black diamond with two gray diamonds on the side,’ says the source.’
- ‘Beautiful silver earrings hang from the points of her ears, encrusted by black diamonds and deep purple amethysts.’
3North American usually as modifier A difficult ski slope.‘a steep, black-diamond run’
- ‘You look at those tempting black diamonds, so colourfully named (Dog Face, Cascade, Paint Brush) and think, hey, they don't look so difficult.’
- ‘Most Vermont resorts are best suited to intermediate skiers, although with 23 lifts and 145 runs - three of which are double black diamonds - there is more than enough variety to keep any skier busy for a week.’
- ‘While I worry about getting on and off the chairlifts, however, my boyfriend, an experienced snowboarder, starts fantasising about soft, powdery snow, half-pipes and double black diamonds.’
- ‘I'll have you skiing the black diamonds with ease at the end of the break.’
- ‘Jerry went off a double black diamond and tumbled all the way down.’
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