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colour, noun

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1. Obsolete except in historical contexts In the phrase free person of colour, a Khoikhoi; any person of mixed ethnic descent who was not a slave.
1822 in G.W. Eybers Sel. Constit. Doc. (1918) 26Hottentots and other free persons of colour have been subjected to certain restraints as to their residence, mode of life, and employment.
1989 Reader’s Digest Illust. Hist. of S. Afr. 97Ordinance 50 of 1828..guaranteed to all ‘Hottentots and other free persons of colour’ residing in the Cape the same freedom and protection as enjoyed by whites.
2. obsolete. In the phrase person of colour, coloured noun sense a.
1833 Graham’s Town Jrnl 10 Jan. 3Jephta, a person of colour, who deposed — That he is the defendant’s slave.
1841 B. Shaw Memorials 16Perhaps more than half the population of the Cape districts are persons of colour, who are generally either heathens or Mahommedans.
a Khoikhoi; any person of mixed ethnic descent who was not a slave.
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