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- Created 2012-02-26
This article is about a term used for
. For the term used for an ethnic group in Southern Africa, see
. For other uses, see
. For the
Colored People (song)
is a term that was formerly used in the
to refer to
, persons of
; members of the
). According to the
dictionary, the word colored was first used in the 14th Century.
In other English-speaking countries, the term has varied meanings. In
, the term
refers both to a specific ethnic group of complex mixed origins, which is considered neither black nor white, and in other contexts to people of mixed race; in neither context is its usage considered derogatory. In
usage, the term refers to "a person who is wholly or partly of non-white descent" and its use may be regarded as antiquated or offensive, and other terms are preferable, particularly when referring to a single ethnicity.
The term should not be confused with the more recent term
people of color
, which generally refers to all
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