Definition of black sheep noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


black sheep

BrE BrE//ˌblæk ˈʃiːp//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌblæk ˈʃiːp//
[usually singular]
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a person who is different from the rest of their family or another group, and who is considered bad or embarrassing the black sheep of the family Word Originlate 18th cent.: from the proverb there is a black sheep in every flock.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: black sheep

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