coloured Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “coloured” - English Dictionary

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 ​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

coloured noun (APPEARANCE)

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

-colouredsuffix

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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of coloured?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
public school

in England, an expensive type of private school (= school paid for by parents not by the government)

Word of the Day