Meaning of “coloured” in the English Dictionary

"coloured" in British English

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UK US colored uk /ˈkʌl.əd/ us /ˈkʌl.ɚd/

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.

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.


UK US colored uk /ˈkʌl.əd/ us /ˈkʌl.ɚd/


UK US -colored uk / -kʌl.əd/ us / -ɚd/

(Definition of “coloured” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)