from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having color: colored tissue paper.
- adj. Often Offensive Of or belonging to a racial group not categorized as white.
- adj. Often Offensive Black or African-American.
- adj. Often Offensive Of mixed racial descent.
- adj. South African Of or belonging to a population grouping made up of persons of mixed racial descent or of certain other nonwhite descent, especially as distinguished during apartheid from Blacks, Asians, or whites.
- adj. Distorted or biased, as by irrelevant or incorrect information.
- n. Offensive A person belonging to a racial group not categorized as white.
- n. Offensive A Black person; an African American.
- n. Offensive A person of mixed racial descent.
- n. South African A person belonging to the Coloured population grouping, especially during apartheid.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having a particular color or kind of color.
- adj. Having prominent colors; colorful.
- adj. Influenced pervasively but subtly.
- adj. Of skin color other than the white, particularly black.
- adj. Of neither black nor white skin color.
- n. A colored person.
- n. A colored article of clothing.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of color.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having color; tinged; dyed; painted; stained.
- adj. Specious; plausible; adorned so as to appear well.
- adj. Of some other color than black or white.
- adj. Of some other color than white; having a skin color darker than that of caucasian people; mostly applied to negroes or persons having negro blood. Opposite of
- adj. Of some other color than green.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a color; dyed; tinged; painted or stained.
- Having a distinguishing hue.
- In botany, of any hue but green: as, a colored leaf.
- Having a dark or black color of the skin; black or mulatto; specifically, in the United States, belonging wholly or partly to the African race; having or partaking of the color of the negro. In census-tables, etc., the term is often used to include Indians, Chinese, etc.
- Hence— Of or pertaining to the negroes, or to persons partly of negro origin: as, the colored vote.
- Having a specious appearance; deceptive: as, a colored statement.—Colored glass. See glass.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination
- adj. having skin rich in melanin pigments
- n. a United States term for Blacks that is now considered offensive
- adj. (used of color) artificially produced; not natural
- adj. favoring one person or side over another
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I said somewhere in the early part of this narrative that because the colored man looked at everything through the prism of his relationship to society as a _colored_ man, and because most of his mental efforts ran through the narrow channel bounded by his rights and his wrongs, it was to be wondered at that he has progressed so broadly as he has.
˜colored™ because it is impossible for something to be red and not colored.
According to journalist Clifton Johnson in 1904, the word was used to refer to blacks in the South and was chosen primarily for it's derogatory value, being considered more offensive than the term "colored," another term commonly used to refer to people of African descent at the time.
In some parts of Africa, the word colored is applied to those of mixed white and black ancestry.
It's an absurd reaction to the phrase 'colored people' but is, in effect, the same thing.
Additionally, what he failed to consider is that this country has made the term "colored" inappropriate because of the social and cultural context with which it was used.
It is inconceivable to me how a person can add syllables to the word "colored," yet Howard found a way.
So, Angela couldn’t think of a tactful way to tell a woman who’d known her since she was a thieving child that the term colored was woefully outmoded.
And, as I never tire of pointing out, it has a title card done in colored pencil.
I also like the pumpkin colored mud dog lizard, or I place a small weight in front of a Rebel Popper.