person of color

noun
plural people of color also persons of color

Definition of person of color

: a person whose skin pigmentation is other than and especially darker than what is considered characteristic of people typically defined as white (see white entry 1 sense 2a) : a person who is of a race (see race entry 1 sense 1a) other than white or who is of mixed race People of color account for 43 percent of the active-duty military, but the top ranks are largely white and male.— Helene Cooper Because we are so accustomed to talking about race in terms of black and white, we often fail to recognize and contest expressions of racism that target people of color who are not black.— Angela Y. Davis

First Known Use of person of color

1778, in the meaning defined above

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“Person of color.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/person%20of%20color. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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