coloured Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “coloured” in the English Dictionary

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

coloured adjective (APPEARANCE)

having or ​producing a ​colour or ​colours: coloured ​lights/​pencils

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.


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

coloured noun (APPEARANCE)

coloureds [plural] clothes that are any ​colour except ​white


UK (US -colored) uk   /-kʌl.əd/  us   /-ɚd/
of the ​colour or ​coloursdescribed: copper-coloured ​rocks a saffron-coloured ​scarf brightly-coloured ​flowers
(Definition of coloured from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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