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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
gaily coloured/painted/decorated etc
▪ Above me, the gaily painted signs of the taverns and food shops creaked in the wind and mocked my hunger.
▪ It took up half a block of Tollemarche Avenue and was gaily painted in red and white.
▪ The gaily painted striped poles of the merry-go-round figure in almost every work.
richly coloured
▪ The cages were full of brightly- coloured tropical birds.
▪ The front door was painted blue and had a coloured glass panel in it.
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coloured \coloured\ adj. same as colored. [Brit.]

Syn: colored, in color(predicate), colorful.

  1. (standard spelling of from=British spelling lang=en colored) n. (standard spelling of from=British spelling lang=en colored) v

  2. (en-past of: colour)

  1. adj. having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination; "colored crepe paper"; "the film was in color"; "amber-colored heads of grain" [syn: colored, colorful] [ant: uncolored]

  2. favoring one person or side over another; "a biased account of the trial"; "a decision that was partial to the defendant" [syn: biased, colored, one-sided, slanted]

  3. (used of color) artificially produced; not natural; "a bleached blonde" [syn: bleached, colored, dyed]

  4. having skin rich in melanin pigments; "National Association for the Advancement of Colored People"; "the dark races"; "dark-skinned peoples" [syn: colored, dark, dark-skinned]

Usage examples of "coloured".

His eyes rested idly on a little old coloured print of a Bacchante, with flowing green scarf, shaking a tambourine at a naked Cupid, who with a baby bow and arrow in his hands, was gazing up at her.

The Babylonians and Assyrians attained to a high degree of proficiency in brickmaking, notably in the manufacture of bricks having a coating of coloured glaze or enamel, which they largely used for wall decoration.

And from it he began to produce bottles--little fat bottles containing powders, small and slender bottles containing coloured and white fluids, fluted blue bottles labeled Poison, bottles with round bodies and slender necks, large green-glass bottles, large white-glass bottles, bottles with glass stoppers and frosted labels, bottles with fine corks, bottles with bungs, bottles with wooden caps, wine bottles, salad-oil bottles--putting them in rows on the chiffonnier, on the mantel, on the table under the window, round the floor, on the bookshelf--everywhere.

Their combined forces marched against Ccapac Yupanqui, who by a certain ambush, and other stratagems, defeated, routed and captured the two Sinchis Gusmanco Ccapac and Chimu Ccapac, taking vast treasure of gold, silver and other precious things, such as gems, and coloured shells, which these natives value more than silver or gold.

The oxide of cobalt forms coloured compounds with many other metallic oxides.

The vanadates, like the chromates, are coloured compounds, generally yellow or red.

Any coloured residue which may be left is generally organic matter: it is filtered off, calcined, and any copper it contains is estimated colorimetrically.

The woman before whose dwelling Domini had stopped was an Ouled Nail, with a square headdress of coloured handkerchiefs and feathers, a pink and silver shawl, a blue skirt of some thin material powdered with silver flowers, and a broad silver belt set with squares of red coral.

Probably the coloured eggs children play with at Easter were anciently intended to represent the Druidical eggs.

Beyond them lay slopes of some blackish slag-like material which were dotted with lovely coloured creatures, holothurians, ascidians, echini and echinoderms, as thickly as ever an English spring time bank was sprinkled with hyacinths and primroses.

Eventually a host of newly landed merchants were ferried in, along with other foreigners in multi coloured hues, looking bemused.

Her summery frock had changed to a gypsyish outfit of brightly coloured blouse and skirt, and her blonde hair now had thick curls in it.

Weird little halos of coloured light cloaked five miniature flatscreens which flickered with the image of the good ship Mirriam, half covered with red digital read-outs.

Ink -- Writing Inks -- Raw Materials of Tannin Inks -- The Chemical Constitution of the Tannin Inks -- Recipes for Tannin Inks -- Logwood Tannin Inks -- Ferric Inks -- Alizarine Inks--Extract Inks -- Logwood Inks -- Copying Inks -- Hektographs -- Hektograph Inks -- Safety Inks -- Ink Extracts and Powders -- Preserving Inks -- Changes in Ink and the Restoration of Faded Writing -- Coloured Inks -- Red Inks -- Blue Inks -- Violet Inks -- Yellow Inks -- Green Inks -- Metallic Inks -- Indian Ink -- Lithographic Inks and Pencils -- Ink Pencils -- Marking Inks -- Ink Specialities -- Sympathetic Inks -- Stamping Inks -- Laundry or Washing Blue -- Index.

The female darker coloured than the male, and may often be distinguished, when too far to see the horns, by the dark hue of the neck.