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  • (US) enPR: ʹkŭlərd, IPA(key): /ˈkʌləɹd/
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colored (comparative more colored, superlative most colored)

  1. Having a color.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:colored
    Wash colored items separately from whites and darks to prevent the colors from bleeding.
  2. Having a particular color or kind of color.
    The room was red, with a dark-colored rug.
  3. Having prominent colors; colorful.
    The singer wore a colored shirt.
  4. Influenced pervasively but subtly.
    My opinions are colored by my upbringing.
  5. (US, now dated and potentially offensive) Of skin color other than white; in particular, black.
    Being of an older generation, they considered themselves "colored ladies".
  6. (South Africa) Of neither black nor white skin color.
    Most of the colored community speaks Afrikaans, whereas languages like Xhosa or Venda are typically spoken by blacks and English is spoken mostly by whites.
  7. (chiefly historical) Designated for use by colored people (in either the US or South African sense).
    a colored drinking fountain
    a colored hospital


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colored (plural coloreds)

  1. (US, now dated and offensive) A colored person.
    • 2005, "Creed, OK", Carnivàle episode 17
      When a white fellow gets in the ring with an eight ball the eight ball's got no chance. You see, 'cause they call boxing the sweet science. And that's where your colored just runs into trouble. That's just that science part.
      Yeah, but Joe Louis is a big 'un.
  2. (laundry) A colored article of clothing.




  1. simple past tense and past participle of color

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