of color

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From of + color; perhaps compare earlier French de couleur, Spanish de color.


of color ‎(not comparable)

  1. (chiefly US) Of a race other than white, especially black-skinned. [from 18th c.]
    • 1932, Duff Cooper, Talleyrand, Folio Society 2010, p. 54:
      It is to him that we owe the story that Talleyrand outraged the susceptibilities of the Philadelphians by his open admiration for a woman of colour with whom he frequently appeared in public.

Usage notes[edit]

Placed immediately after the noun, and not before: e.g., women of color, students of color. May be perceived as politically correct or euphemistic.