Definition of complected
: having a specified facial complexion a tall, thin man, fairly dark complected — E. J. Kahn
Usage of complected
Not an error, nor a dialectal term, nor nonstandard—all of which it has been labeled—complected still manages to raise hackles. It is an Americanism, almost nonexistent in British English. Its currency in American English is attested as early as 1806 (by Meriwether Lewis) and it appears in the works of such notable American writers as Mark Twain, O. Henry, James Whitcomb Riley, and William Faulkner. The synonym complexioned, recommended by handbooks, appears now to be somewhat more common than complected in both literary and journalistic use.
Recent Examples of complected from the Web
He was described as a light-complected black male in his early 20s who was wearing all blue clothing.
Here, in the midst of uncomplicated prettiness, stands the 5,500-square-foot rough-complected gray concrete cube, its presence both a rebuke to the area’s bourgeois pretensions as well as a reminder of its recent totalitarian history.
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Origin and Etymology of complected
irregular from complexion
First Known Use: 1785See Words from the same year
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