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Meaning of “coloured” in the English Dictionary

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colouredadjective

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

old-fashioned used to ​describe a ​person who has ​black or ​brownskin. This word is now ​consideredoffensive by most ​people: Coloured people were not ​allowed to use the same ​facilities as ​whites. in ​SouthAfrica, used to ​describe a ​person of ​mixedrace: In the ​recentelections, the National Party was given a lot of ​support from the coloured ​population.

colourednoun

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

[C] old-fashioned a ​person who has ​black or ​brownskin. This word is now ​consideredoffensive by most ​people.Coloured [C] in ​SouthAfrica, a ​person of ​mixedrace

-colouredsuffix

UK (US -colored) uk   /-kʌl.əd/  us   /-ɚd/
(Definition of coloured from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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