- Also called color bar. social or political restriction or distinction based on differences of skin pigmentation, as between white and black people.
- draw the color line, to observe a color line.
Origin of color line
An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for color line
The “discoverer” had been the bane of many a people—remember the color-line!Mr. Oseba's Last Discovery
George W. Bell
The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line.The Negro in Literature and Art in the United States
They were not at all sure that the color-line could be peacefully drawn.
Wherever the discussion began it promptly shaded off toward the color-line and insult.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
This amendment wiped out the color-line in politics so far as any written law could possibly do it.