I was surprised to discover colorado means red colored or red. Color means color in Spanish and the ending -ado is equivalent to the ending -ed in English. Putting the two together should mean colored as would the Portuguese word colorido, a neighboring language. Just as the word bearded Barbado is formed by joining barba, beard, and -ado, -ed in both Spanish and Portuguese. Red or red colored, simply makes no sense at all.

I've Googled around and found that all the results claim it means red or red colored, but when I tried to translate colored using Google translate, it also included colored as one of the translations. This is remarkably odd. Could it be a remnant of an older dialect of Spanish?

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Color is not a verb, it is a noun. The verb that refers to the action of coloring is colorear.

The participle of the verb colorear is coloreado (not colorado).

These are two different words:

  • Coloreado means colored as the description in the question
  • Colorado means reddish color

Colorado and coloreado are not synonymous.

  • Google gives colored as one of it's definitions in its screen capture.
    – ATL_DEV
    Commented Jul 22, 2023 at 15:17
  • Spanish is a consistent language, but I don't see red at all.
    – ATL_DEV
    Commented Jul 22, 2023 at 15:19
  • If you read on top is written "adjective", "coloreado" is a participle, "colorado" is an adjective. In this translation, the participle "coloreado" doesn't appear. You should try Google: "coloreado".
    – Danielillo
    Commented Jul 22, 2023 at 15:20
  • @ATL_DEV BTW, the translation colorado = coloured is wrong
    – Danielillo
    Commented Jul 22, 2023 at 16:07
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    colorado is definitely reddish in color and coloreado is coloured or colored. No doubt at all. This answer is spot on.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jul 23, 2023 at 18:44

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