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person of color Syllabification: per·son of col·or
(also man of color, woman of color)

Definition of person of color in English:


A person who is not white or of European parentage.
Example sentences
  • For the purposes of this article, an interracial family is defined as any partnership between a white person, a person of color, and their offspring.
  • In the years preceding our new strategy, we had been a department of nine or ten white people and one person of color.
  • I don't think I've ever been in a place where every single service-worker was a person of colour or obviously a new immigrant.


The term person of color is first recorded at the end of the 18th century. It was revived in the 1990s as the recommended term to use in some official contexts, especially in US English, to refer to a person who is not white. The term is not common in general use, however, where terms such as nonwhite are still used. See also black (usage), colored, and nonwhite.

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