[kuh m-plek-tid]

Origin of complected

1800–10, Americanism; complect- (back formation from complexion, presumably taken as *complection) + -ed3

Usage note

Complected, a back formation from complexion, is an Americanism dating from the early 19th century. Although it has been criticized by some as a dialectal or nonstandard substitution for complexioned, it occurs in the speech of educated persons and occasionally in edited writing.


[kuh m-plekt]
verb (used with object) Obsolete.
  1. to interweave; intertwine.

Origin of complect

1515–25; < Latin complectī to embrace, enfold, equivalent to com- com- + plect(ere) to plait, braid + passive infinitive ending; cf. complex Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for complected


  1. (in combination) a US dialect word for complexioned


  1. (tr) archaic to interweave or entwine

Word Origin for complect

C16: from Latin complectī; see complex
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Word Origin and History for complected

1806, American English, "complexioned," a variant derivation from complexion, which, intentionally or not, shows the Latin root.

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