What does Colored mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. colored, coloured, colorfuladjective

    having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination

    "colored crepe paper"; "the film was in color"; "amber-colored heads of grain"

  2. colored, coloured, dark, dark-skinned, non-whiteadjective

    having skin rich in melanin pigments

    "National Association for the Advancement of Colored People"; "dark-skinned peoples"

  3. biased, colored, coloured, one-sided, slantedadjective

    favoring one person or side over another

    "a biased account of the trial"; "a decision that was partial to the defendant"

  4. bleached, colored, coloured, dyedadjective

    (used of color) artificially produced; not natural

    "a bleached blonde"


  1. colorednoun

    (demeaning or potentially offensive) A colored person.

  2. colorednoun

    (laundry) A colored article of clothing.

  3. coloredadjective

    Having a particular color or kind of color.

  4. coloredadjective

    Having prominent colors; colorful.

  5. coloredadjective

    Influenced pervasively but subtly.

  6. coloredadjective

    Of skin color other than the white, particularly black.

  7. coloredadjective

    Of neither black nor white skin color.


  1. colored

    Colored typically refers to an object or material that has or exhibits color, which is the characteristic of an entity as it appears to the eye, usually resulting from the way it reflects or emits light. This term has been used culturally and historically as a description for certain racial or ethnic groups; however, it is now largely considered outdated and inappropriate. Nevertheless, its modern usage predominantly pertains to art, design, and visual perception, describing anything that possess or display hues as opposed to being colorless, monochrome, or black and white.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Colored

    of Color

  2. Coloredadjective

    having color; tinged; dyed; painted; stained

  3. Coloredadjective

    specious; plausible; adorned so as to appear well; as, a highly colored description

  4. Coloredadjective

    of some other color than black or white

  5. Coloredadjective

    of some other color than white; specifically applied to negroes or persons having negro blood; as, a colored man; the colored people

  6. Coloredadjective

    of some other color than green


  1. Colored

    Colored is a term that was formerly used in the United States to refer to black people. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word colored was first used in the 14th Century. In other English-speaking countries, the term has varied meanings. In South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the term Coloured refers both to a specific ethnic group of complex mixed origins, which is considered neither black nor white, and in other contexts to people of mixed race; in neither context is its usage considered derogatory. In British usage, the term refers to "a person who is wholly or partly of non-white descent" and its use may be regarded as antiquated or offensive, and other terms are preferable, particularly when referring to a single ethnicity.

Editors Contribution

  1. coloredverb

    Verb form of the word color.

    They colored the living room wall silver with aqua furnishings.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 19, 2020  

Anagrams for Colored »

  1. decolor

  2. croodle

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Colored in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Colored in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Colored in a Sentence

  1. Mark Badgley:

    It was a white lace dress the night before the Oscars and she wanted it to be blush colored. So, James and I had to dip-dye it in the kitchen sink.

  2. Abe Foxman:

    It is worth any price to annihilate the next generation of white children. We want every white father to feel the sting of having their children marry colored mates and produce biracial children.

  3. Mike Turner:

    You have no more power to declare him exonerated than you have the power to declare him Anderson Cooper, the statement about exoneration is misleading and meaningless and colors this investigation. One word out of the entire portion of your report and its a meaningless word that has no legal meaning and it has colored your entire report.

  4. Wesley D'Amico:

    Only a colored look can see a black and white photo.

  5. Homer:

    In saffron-colored mantle, from the tides of ocean rose the morning to bring light to gods and men.

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  • цветен, оцветен, цветнокожBulgarian
  • farvet, kulørtDanish
  • bunt, farbigGerman
  • رنگینPersian
  • värikäs, värillinen, sävyinen, värinen, värittynytFinnish
  • marqué, en couleur, métis, couleurs, teinté, personne de couleur, de couleur, coloréFrench
  • 有色Japanese
  • 有色, 유색Korean
  • colorat, plin de culoareRomanian
  • разноцветный, цветнойRussian
  • 有色Chinese

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