from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Chiefly British See colored.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a particular colour or kind of colour
  • adj. Having prominent colours; colourful
  • adj. Influenced pervasively but subtly
  • adj. Of skin colour other than the white, particularly black.
  • adj. Of neither black nor white skin colour.
  • n. (sometimes derogatory) A person who is not white.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of colour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. same as colored.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (used of color) artificially produced; not natural
  • adj. having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination
  • adj. having skin rich in melanin pigments
  • adj. favoring one person or side over another


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