Black Square ■


Symbol Meaning

This Unicode symbol is used in texting as well as in mathematics, web design, and programming. Black Square usually represents buttons, sections, and other elements in web and software interfaces. By the way, the End of Proof Symbol visually resembles a large black square. Similarly, the large black square may be a variation of the End of Proof symbol.

The black square symbol serves as the base of the Stop Button symbol. Stop is pressed to pause audio or video playback in an analog or digital player.

This square is also used to represent . It is placed at the beginning of an item, thus creating various lists. Sometimes the black square is simply used to fill space or as a placeholder.

As for texting, the black square symbol can have multiple meanings. Firstly, it may refer to the famous painting by Kazimir Malevich. The person using this symbol may want to convey that they visited an exhibition of this artist and saw this painting. If the user did not attend the exhibition, perhaps the topic of conversation reminded them of this painting, and they feel it is necessary to insert this symbol in the chat.

Secondly, black is considered fashionable today, so the symbol may reflect the author's dedication to fashion trends. It can also be used to indicate the author's sad mood, both in chats and nicknames.

Thirdly, this symbol can be applied to emphasize the black color of a specific object. The black square can demonstrate that you are frustrated or dissatisfied by someone’s actions. It may also be a warning to those who are annoying and who engage the user into undesirable activities.

Lastly, the large black square can be encountered in the legend of geographic maps. It represents locations of large coal deposits.

Ultimately, the black square is often used in puzzles, rebuses, and other pictographic compositions.

The symbol “Black Square” is included in the “Geometric shapes” subblock of the “Geometric Shapes” block and was approved as part of Unicode version 1.1 in 1993.

Text is also available in the following languages: Español; Русский;


moding mark (in ideographic text), end of proof, stop, Malevich.

Unicode Name Black Square
Unicode Number
CSS Code
Plane 0: Basic Multilingual Plane
Unicode Block Geometric Shapes
Unicode Subblock Geometric shapes
Unicode Version 1.1 (1993)
Alt Code
Alt 254(English Keyboard Layout)
Type of paired mirror bracket (bidi) None
Composition Exclusion No
Case change 25A0
Simple case change 25A0
Math +
Grapheme_Base +
scripts Common
Other_Math +
Pattern_Syntax +
Encoding hex dec (bytes) dec binary
UTF-8 E2 96 A0 226 150 160 14849696 11100010 10010110 10100000
UTF-16BE 25 A0 37 160 9632 00100101 10100000
UTF-16LE A0 25 160 37 40997 10100000 00100101
UTF-32BE 00 00 25 A0 0 0 37 160 9632 00000000 00000000 00100101 10100000
UTF-32LE A0 25 00 00 160 37 0 0 2686779392 10100000 00100101 00000000 00000000

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