Definition of Ebonics noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//eˈbɒnɪks//
; NAmE NAmE//eˈbɑːnɪks//
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a type of English spoken by many African Americans that has been considered by some people to be a separate language Word Origin1970s: blend of ebony and phonics. Culture Language teachers call Ebonics African American Vernacular English (AAVE). It became a political issue in 1996 when school officials in Oakland, California, recognized it as a special language and accepted it in students' written work. Some other schools did the same, but by 1998 many had stopped doing so because of the need for students to speak and write standard English in order to get the best jobs. compare English-Only Movement
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Ebonics