[[t]kəmˈplɛk tɪd[/t]] adj.
use complexioned:
a light-complected child[/ex]
Etymology: 1800–10, amer.; complect-, back formation from complexion, presumably taken as *complection+ -ed III usage: Although criticized by some as a dialectal or nonstandard formation, complected occurs in educated speech and occasionally in edited writing.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • Complected — Com*plect ed, a. Complexioned. [Low, New Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • complected — 1806, Amer.Eng., complexioned, a variant derivation from COMPLEXION (Cf. complexion), which, intentionally or not, shows the Latin root …   Etymology dictionary

  • complected — ☆ complected [kəm plek′tid ] adj. [altered < COMPLEXIONED] COMPLEXIONED …   English World dictionary

  • complected — adjective Etymology: irregular from complexion Date: 1785 having a specified facial complexion < a tall, thin man, fairly dark complected E. J. Kahn > Usage: Not an error, nor a dialectal term, nor nonstandard all of which it has been labeled… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • complected — /keuhm plek tid/, adj. Informal. complexioned: a light complected boy. [1800 10, Amer.; complect (back formation from COMPLEXION, presumably taken as *complection) + ED3] Usage. COMPLECTED, a back formation from COMPLEXION, is an Americanism… …   Universalium

  • complected — com|plect|ed [kəmˈplektıd] adj AmE light/fair/dark complected having light or dark skin …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • complected — com|plect|ed [ kəm plektəd ] adjective AMERICAN someone who is dark or fair complected has dark or fair skin. Some people think this word should not be used and COMPLEXIONED should be used instead …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • complected — adjective fair /dark complected AmE having fair or dark skin …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • complected — kəm|plektə̇d adjective Etymology: complect (irregular from complexion) + ed : complexioned usually used in combination dark complected not often in formal use …   Useful english dictionary

  • complected — adjective (in combination) Having a specified complexion; complexioned …   Wiktionary

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