Definition of bootblack in English:

bootblack

noun

historical
  • A person employed to polish boots and shoes.

    • ‘Similar databases monitoring the investment policies and current rates of cab drivers, short-order cooks, and bootblacks are rapidly gaining in popularity.’
    • ‘Newsboys and bootblacks accounted for 27 percent of all arrested.’
    • ‘They came to work in the large industrial cities of the Northeast and Midwest as factory laborers, peddlers, busboys, and bootblacks.’
    • ‘Tinu, a bootblack, was so fascinated by the show that he strayed into the audience.’
    • ‘He avoided factory settings; his heroes were newsboys, bootblacks, and clerks.’

Pronunciation

bootblack

/ˈbuːtblak/