coloured

I UK [ˈkʌlə(r)d] / US [ˈkʌlərd] adjective **
1) [usually before noun] red, green, orange etc instead of black and white or transparent

pieces of coloured paper

a coloured light bulb

a woman wearing a brightly coloured sari

2) coloured hair has been treated with a chemical to make it a different colour
3) offensive someone who is coloured is a black person. Older white people sometimes use this word thinking it is polite, but black people consider it offensive.
4) Coloured
South African a coloured person has one parent or grandparent who is white and one who is not
II UK [ˈkʌlə(r)d] / US [ˈkʌlərd] noun [countable]
Word forms "coloured":
singular coloured plural coloureds
1) offensive a black person
2) Coloured
South African someone who has one parent or grandparent who is white and one who is not

English dictionary. 2014.

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