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1. Having color: colored tissue paper.
2. also Colored Often Offensive
a. Of or belonging to a racial group not categorized as white.
b. Black or African-American.
c. Of mixed racial descent.
3. often Coloured 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.
4. Distorted or biased, as by irrelevant or incorrect information.
n. pl. colored or coloreds
1. also Colored Offensive
a. A person belonging to a racial group not categorized as white.
b. A black person, especially an African American.
c. A person of mixed racial descent.
2. often Coloured South African A person belonging to the Coloured population grouping, especially during apartheid.
3. coloreds Pieces of laundry that are not light in color.
Usage Note: As a racial label, colored can simply mean nonwhite, but in the United States it has generally been restricted to persons of African descent. Though once a preferred term among black Americans, it lost favor as the 20th century progressed, and its use today is usually taken to be offensive. · In South Africa, where it is spelled Coloured, it has generally been used to refer to persons of mixed racial descent as opposed to those of unmixed black African, Asian, or European origin. Its use as an official ethnic label ended when apartheid was dismantled in 1991. See Usage Note at person of color.


(ˈkʌl ərd)

1. having color.
2. Older Use: Usu. Offensive. belonging wholly or in part to a race other than the white, esp. to the black race.
3. Older Use: Usu. Offensive. pertaining to the black race.
4. influenced, biased, or distorted: colored opinions.
5. Older Use: Usu. Offensive.
a. (a term used to refer to a black person.)
b. (a term used to refer to black persons as a group.)
usage: See black.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.colored - a United States term for Blacks that is now considered offensive
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
Black person, blackamoor, Negro, Negroid, Black - a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
Adj.1.colored - having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination; "colored crepe paper"; "the film was in color"; "amber-colored heads of grain"
uncolored, uncoloured - without color; "pure water is uncolored"
2.colored - having skin rich in melanin pigments; "National Association for the Advancement of Colored People"; "dark-skinned peoples"
black - of or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin; "a great people--a black people--...injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization"- Martin Luther King Jr.
3.colored - favoring one person or side over another; "a biased account of the trial"; "a decision that was partial to the defendant"
partial - showing favoritism
4.colored - (used of color) artificially producedcolored - (used of color) artificially produced; not natural; "a bleached blonde"
artificial, unreal - contrived by art rather than nature; "artificial flowers"; "artificial flavoring"; "an artificial diamond"; "artificial fibers"; "artificial sweeteners"
References in classic literature ?
Well; but is it true that they have been passing a law forbidding people to give meat and drink to those poor colored folks that come along?
duBois, the famed spokesman for colored folk, founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People a century ago, and the term survives, notably in the title, NAACP.
On a recent trip to Cape Town, South Africa--a decade after the dismantling of apartheid--the separating barriers have come down on city buses and in shops but the townships still exist, home to thousands of black and colored folk living in wooden shacks, their communities oozing poverty, high unemployment and rampant HIV/AIDS.
But Hill treats these subjects with an almost stunning comprehensiveness and grace, then adds information about two little-known nineteenth-century black theaters in New Orleans, another in Baltimore, and The Church Street Theatre "built in New York by colored folk.
is herself a ghost, who explains that she is "an old woman embarrassed by the world," and romances us into the 1940s, when "Cosey's Hotel and Resort was the best and best-known vacation spot for colored folk on the East Coast.
Questions of colored folk and cyberspace are often plagued by overstatements of the bad news, understatements of the good news, and misplaced concern about the importance of computers," says Omar Wasow, an MSNBC commentator and founder of BlackPlanet.
In the great way of colored folk, black people, the rhythm had taken over by this time and words were needed no longer.
The emotional center of Love is the charismatic Bill Cosey, the de ceased owner and host of the long-faded Cosey's Hotel and Resort in silk, North Carolina, described in the novel as "the best and best-known vacation spot for colored folk on the East Coast.
The race has been laughed at so much, abused so much, that it seems cruel to add to the dark picture; but, after all, colored folk are just as human as white, and the story that refuses to show them as they really are lacks virility.