col·​ored | \ ˈkə-lərd How to pronounce colored (audio) \

Definition of colored

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having color
2a : colorful
b : marked by exaggeration or bias
3a dated, now offensive : of a race other than the white especially : black sense 2b
b dated, now offensive : of mixed race
4 dated, now offensive : of or relating to persons of races other than the white or of mixed race


noun, often capitalized
plural colored or coloreds

Definition of colored (Entry 2 of 2)

dated, now offensive
: a person of a race other than the white or of mixed race

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Examples of colored in a Sentence


We decorated the Christmas tree with colored lights. He gave a highly colored account of the events.

First Known Use of colored


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1832, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of colored was in the 14th century

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col·​ored | \ ˈkə-lərd How to pronounce colored (audio) \

Kids Definition of colored

: having color colored glass brightly-colored birds

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to reflect, repel, echo, or resound

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