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coloured

[OED, having skin other than "white"; esp. wholly or partly of the negro or "coloured" race; in the US this term, usually equivalent to "Negro", has become associated with latent racism, "black" now being the preferred term; cf. Sp. colorado colored, red, and RED 2; cf. Mauritian Cr. Fr. "gens de 'couleur'. . ne s'applique qu'aux métis (et non aux noirs)" (Chaudenson 1974:xx)]

adj. people of both black and white ancestry: 1817 Tarpum Bay—Whites: 39; Coloured and Blacks: 35 (Dowson 64). 1888. All around the town are the negro settlements, as the coloured people live all together and quite apart from the whites (Powles 30). 1971 Whatever slot of the colour scale- black, coloured, Conchy Joe, or high yellow (McCartney 53). The black Bahamian.. .always disliked the term "negro". [and] "black". .:The only term he would settle for was "coloured"(ibid 63). (Gen.)

Coloured until recently was the preferred term. It is sometimes equivalent to Negro but does not equal Black. See the second 1971 quot. above.

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Last update: 2012-01-10 13:47
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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