Definition of Cape colored in English:

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Cape colored

Pronunciation: /ˈkāp ˌkələrd/

noun (plural same or Cape coloreds)

(In South Africa) a person of mixed ethnic descent resident in the Western Cape Province, speaking Afrikaans or English as their first language, and typically not a Muslim. Compare with Cape Malay.
Example sentences
  • In addition, 133 blacks had become Cape coloureds, one black had become a Griqua and one Cape coloured had become a Malay.
  • During the apartheid era, they were called the Cape coloureds.
  • In South Africa, that group is called the Cape coloureds.


Relating to Cape colored people.
Example sentences
  • D' Oliveira, originally born in South Africa in 1931, was designated Cape coloured, and hence had no chance of establishing a career in cricket in his home country.
  • I meet the Cape coloured workers who have transformed themselves, from self-confessed illiterate drunkards into entrepreneurs who paid for their own representative to attend the London Wine Show two years ago.
  • The Commission was established to study data on the Cape coloured population, and although some of the testimonials are in Afrikaans, most of this material is in English.

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Syllabification: Cape col·ored

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