coloured adjective, noun Definition in British English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of "coloured" - British English Dictionary

See all translations

colouredadjective

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 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.

colourednoun

UK (US colored) uk   /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.Coloured [C] in South Africa, a person of mixed race

coloured noun (APPEARANCE)

coloureds [plural] clothes that are any colour except white
(Definition of coloured adjective, noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of coloured?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “coloured” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
straight

the straight part of a racetrack (= the track on which competitors race)

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More