What is coloured?


In the South African, Namibian, Zambian, Botswana and Zimbabwean context, the term Coloured (also known as Bruinmense, Kleurlinge or Bruin Afrikaners in Afrikaans) refers to an heterogeneous ethnic group who possess ancestry from Europe, various Khoisan and Bantu tribes of Southern Africa, West Africa, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaya, India, Mozambique, Mauritius, and Saint Helena.

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Coloured - Other Usage
... In Great Britain, 'coloured' has also been used to refer to anyone who could not describe themselves as white ...

More definitions of "coloured":

  • (adj): Having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination.
    Synonyms: colored, colorful

Famous quotes containing the word coloured:

    All the heavy days are over;
    Leave the body’s coloured pride
    Underneath the grass and clover,
    With the feet laid side by side.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    Dry as a tomb, your coloured lids
    Shall not be latched while magic glides
    Sage on the earth and sky;
    There shall be corals in your beds,
    There shall be serpents in your tides,
    Till all our sea-faiths die.
    Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)

    The history of all Magazines shows plainly that those which have attained celebrity were indebted for it to articles similar in natureto Berenice—although, I grant you, far superior in style and execution. I say similar in nature. You ask me in what does this nature consist? In the ludicrous heightened into the grotesque: the fearful coloured into the horrible: the witty exaggerated into the burlesque: the singular wrought out into the strange and mystical.
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)