charles swart


  1. Charles Rob·berts [rob-erts] /ˈrɒb ərts/, 1894–1982, South African statesman: president 1961–67.


  1. archaic, or dialect swarthy

Old English sweart “black,” from Proto-Germanic *swartaz (cf. Old Frisian and Middle Dutch swart, Old Norse svartr, German schwarz, Gothic swarts “dark-colored, black”), from PIE root *swordo- “dirty, dark, black” (source of sordid). The true Germanic word for “black,” surviving in the Continental languages.

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