adjective Informal.
complexioned: a light-complected boy.

1800–10, Americanism; complect- (back formation from complexion, presumably taken as *complection) + -ed3

Complected, a back formation from complexion, is an Americanism dating from the early 19th century. Although it has been criticized by some as a dialectal or nonstandard substitution for complexioned, it occurs in the speech of educated persons and occasionally in edited writing. Unabridged


verb (used with object) Obsolete.
to interweave; intertwine.

1515–25; < Latin complectī to embrace, enfold, equivalent to com- com- + plect(ere) to plait, braid + passive infinitive ending; cf. complex Unabridged
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complect (kəmˈplɛkt)
archaic (tr) to interweave or entwine
[C16: from Latin complectī; see complex]

complected (kəmˈplɛktɪd)
(in combination) a US dialect word for complexioned

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1806, Amer.Eng., "complexioned," a variant derivation from complexion, which, intentionally or not, shows the Latin root.
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