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



(also Blackshirt) noun
BrE BrE//ˈblækʃɜːt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈblækʃɜːrt//
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a member of a fascist organization, especially in the 1920s and 30s Word Origin1920s: so named because of the colour of the Italian Fascist uniform. Culture Blackshirt was the name people gave to any member of the British Union of Fascists, a political party started by Oswald Mosley in 1932. Members wore black uniforms, like the members of other Fascist parties in Europe. In 1936, after a lot of disturbances in Jewish areas of London, the wearing of uniforms by political groups was made illegal under a new Public Order Act.
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