color bar

noun
variants: US color bar or British colour bar
plural color bars

Definition of color bar

: a set of societal or legal barriers that segregates people of color from white people (as by restricting social interaction or requiring separate facilities) and prevents people of color from exercising the same rights and accessing the same opportunities as white people : color line "Rosetta [LeNoire] did more than dream of a theater with no color bar—she actually built one," he [Bill Clinton] said.— Douglas Martin usually used with the In London, the department funded two student hostels, which aided the many students whom the color bar prevented from finding decent lodging …— Aminatta FornaAs a minor leaguer, he was one of five players who broke the color bar in the South Atlantic League.The (Mankato, Minnesota) Free Press

Examples of color bar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those in such seating areas will have a pink color bar on their mobile tickets, with the Heat continuing to operate solely through mobile entry. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 21 Oct. 2021 Gregory broke the nightclub color bar, and did it with controversial political subjects long before Larry Wilmore, Trevor Noah, Wanda Sykes or W. Kamau Bell. Clarence Page, Alaska Dispatch News, 28 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of color bar

1869, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of color bar was in 1869

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“Color bar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/color%20bar. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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