Definitions starting with C

ID #4017

clear

adj. 1. [Car.; OED, of women: beautiful, fair obs. → 1578] of a light-brown complexion: 1785 A Negro man. . . of a clear black complexion (Bahama Gazette). 1977 Some people black, some clear (Shilling 43). (Black)

2. [hypercorrection of CLEAN 2 clear?] clean: 1977 Bake until cake tester comes out clear (Albury 164).

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Last update: 2012-01-10 12:33
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.2

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