One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who sells and (formerly) prepares artist's paints.
2A person employed to work with paint or colour; especially a commercial painter or colourer. Now rare.
3US Broadcasting. A commentator, especially for a sporting event, who supplements the main commentary with background information, expert analysis, etc.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Head (?1637–?1686), writer. From colour + man.
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