Definition of all-coloured in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɔːlˌkʌləd/


(US all-colored)
  • 1Of many different colours; especially multicoloured, variegated.

  • 2US Consisting entirely of black, especially African-American, people; (during the era of racial segregation in the United States) intended for the use of African Americans exclusively.

  • 3South African Usually with capital initial in the second element. Consisting entirely of Coloured people; (during the period of apartheid) intended for the use of Coloured people exclusively.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in Joshua Sylvester (d. 1618), poet and translator. Probably partly from all + coloured, and partly from all + coloured.