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colored

[kuhl-erd] /ˈkʌl ərd/
adjective
1.
having color.
2.
Older Use: Offensive. belonging wholly or in part to any group of nonwhite people, especially to black people.
3.
Older Use: Offensive. pertaining to black people.
4.
influenced or biased:
colored opinions.
5.
specious; deceptive:
The authorities detected a colored quality in her statement.
6.
Botany. of some hue other than green.
noun
7.
Older Use: Offensive.
  1. a black person.
  2. the colored, black people as a group.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English; see color, -ed3
Related forms
half-colored, adjective
uncolored, adjective
uncoloredly, adverb
uncoloredness, noun
undercolored, adjective
well-colored, adjective
Usage note
2, 3, 7. See black.
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Word Origin and History for the colored

colored

adj.

late 14c., past participle adjective from color (v.); in reference to "non-white skin," 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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