What is colored?

  • (adj): Having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination.
    Example: "Colored crepe paper"; "amber-colored heads of grain"
    Synonyms: coloured, colorful
    See also — Additional definitions below


Colored is a term once widely used in the United States to refer to black people (i.e., persons of sub-Saharan African ancestry; members of the "black race") and Native Americans. It should not be confused with the more recent term people of color, which generally refers to all "non-white peoples".

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Some articles on colored:

Cream-colored Woodpecker
... The Cream-colored Woodpecker (Celeus flavus) is a species of woodpecker native to South America, from Colombia and the Guianas to Peru, Bolivia, and the eastern part ... It is colored creamy yellow, except for the wingtips and tail, which are much darker ... It is not known how the Cream-colored Woodpecker nests, although it is believed that they nest in holes in trees ...
Colored - History in America
... The term "colored" appeared in North America during the colonial era ... In 1851 an article in the New York Times referred to the "colored population" ... In 1863, the War Department established the "Bureau of Colored Troops." The first 12 Census counts in the U.S ...
Scutiger (fungus) - General Characteristics
... scutiger genus are terrestrial, annual, and usually have simple, bright-colored, mesoporous hymenophores ... The surface anoderm is variously decorated the context is usually white, but rarely colored, and is fleshy to tough—rigid and fragile when dry ... The Hymenium is porous, can be white or colored, and has thin-walled tubes The spores are smooth, or rarely echinulate and hyaline ...
Colored People (song) - Other Releases
... Various version of "Colored People" have appeared on several DC Talk official releases, including the band's greatest hits album Intermission ... A live version of "Colored People" was included on the 1997 live release Welcome to the Freak Show ... "Colored People" also appears on the compilation album WOW 1998 ...
List Of Amphibians Of Michigan - Frogs
... Blanchard's cricket frog Adults are approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) long and are colored brown or gray ... Cope's gray tree frog Adults are 1.5 to 2 inches (3.8 to 5.1 cm) long and colored gray, green or brown ... Gray tree frog Adults are 1.5 to 2 inches (3.8 to 5.1 cm) long and colored gray, green or brown ...

More definitions of "colored":

  • (adj): Having skin rich in melanin pigments.
    Example: "National Association for the Advancement of Colored People"
    Synonyms: coloured, dark, dark-skinned
  • (noun): A United States term for Blacks that is now considered offensive.
    Synonyms: colored person

Famous quotes containing the word colored:

    The colored people arrive, sit firmly down,
    Eat their Express Spaghetti, their T-bone steak,
    Handling their steel and crockery with no clatter,
    Laugh punily, rise, go firmly out of the door.
    Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917)

    There is a great stir about colored men getting their rights, but not a word about colored women, and if colored men get their rights, and not colored women theirs, you see the colored men will be masters over the women, and it will be just as bad as it was before. So I’m for keeping the thing going while things are stirring; because if we wait till it is still, it will take a great while to get it going again.
    Sojourner Truth (1797–1883)

    There are three kinds of people:
    White people, Colored people
    and Black people.
    Peter Abrahams (b. 1919)