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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.

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  

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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. Stuart Simmons:

    If you Google ‘Champagne Pool’ online, you will see photos of the striking orange-colored precipitates that deposit around the edge of the pool.

  2. Scott C. Holstad:

    anyway i saw it coming from the rooftops. they said the second coming was heading our way tomorrow’s world today force fed to us in a tobacco colored spoon keep us entertained – content - oppressed. we prayed, friend, and they brought it down.

  3. Ben Carson:

    I grew up [and] have been around long enough to remember going to Tennessee when I was 6 years old and seeing the White and Colored drinking fountains.

  4. Eric Adams:

    Coming outside and seeing his wife holding his baby and a coat colored pink but stained with red blood from his child, it’s unimaginable. It is unimaginable that this is happening in our city.

  5. Dan Kelly:

    Stock outs happen. What you are supposed to do is wait for the right colored tubes to arrive.

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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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