black and white (blæk ənd waɪt) or black-and-white
- (of an image) not in colour
⇒ ■ a black-and-white photo of the two of us together,
⇒ ■ old black and white film footage
- only transmitting images in black and white
⇒ ■ They watched the ceremony on a flickering black-and-white television set.
- in which it is possible to draw clear boundaries or make absolute judgements
⇒ ■ But this isn't a simple black and white affair, Marianne.
USAGE The abbreviation for black and white is B & W or B/W