Definition of person of color in English:

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person of color

(also man of color, woman of color)

noun

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.

Usage

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 has become increasingly common in the US, but it still may not be familiar to all audiences; terms such as nonwhite may be used as an alternative. See also black (usage), colored, and nonwhite.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: per·son of col·or

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