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coloured

adjective uk UK (US colored)   /ˈkʌl.əd/ us    /-ɚd/

coloured adjective (APPEARANCE)

having or producing a colour or colours: coloured lights/pencilsColour - general words

coloured adjective (RACE)

old-fashioned used to describe a person who has black or brown skin. This word is now considered offensive by most people: Coloured people were not allowed to use the same facilities as whites.The skin, and skin colour in South Africa, used to describe a person of mixed race: In the recent elections, the National Party was given a lot of support from the coloured population.Race and ethnicityRacial issues

coloured

noun uk UK (US colored)   /ˈkʌl.əd/ us    /-ɚd/

coloured noun (RACE)

[C] old-fashioned a person who has black or brown skin. This word is now considered offensive by most people.People of specific racial or ethnic background Coloured [C] in South Africa, a person of mixed raceRace and ethnicityRacial issues

coloured noun (APPEARANCE)

coloureds [plural] clothes that are any colour except whiteClothing - general words
(Definition of coloured adjective, noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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