: having the color of a person's skin
a rash that appears as flesh-colored bumps
also, dated, usually offensive : having a tan or beige color

Note: This use of flesh-colored is considered to be offensive as it assumes that the color of a white person's skin (see white entry 1 sense 2a) is the norm.

Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flesh-colored was in 1611

Dictionary Entries Near flesh-colored

Cite this Entry

“Flesh-colored.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flesh-colored. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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