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Okay this is the real, real deal folks.

Redbone, the correct terminology, is a black person who has red undertones in their hair and skin. Usually light or light caramel but not always. They just have reddish hair and skin.

BUT!!! It's NOW used to describe a particular look that occurs in African Americans. Each culture has their own term for this look. In Cuba its: 'Haba' or 'mulatto'. Usually light light complexion.

However, The term TODAY, is used in Black culture for any light, super high yellow girl/woman, mulatto looking woman who is Black(Not Latina, etc). If she is mixed, but still looks traditionally black and mixed w/white(Not the Asian and Black look)she may still be called redbone, but its used to describe a Black Woman(who can HAVE 2 black parents) who happens to be extremely light.

You can call a guy "redbone" too but its been used so much to describe light skinned women that it wouldn't be used quite right in everyday vernacular, although technically you'd be right.Nowadays it has too many sexual overtones for light light women.

Term is used heavily in the south.

I am considered a "redbone" and I get called this all the time simply because I am a woman, and Black, but lighter than most Black people in America.
A light skinned girl walks by: Hey Red(short for redbone) come here.

She's the redbone standing next to Tameka.

I like redbone girls.

Redbone girls r too yellow for me, I need sum colour!

She redbone too withg the long hair! She fine as hell!

I dont really like redbone girls, theyre not my style.

Redbone girls act saddity
by nemynem May 09, 2010
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Light skinned female/male mixed with black and another race.
"she doesn't look full black, she must be a redbone"
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Redbone is a person with red undertones in their skin. A person who is a yellow bone has yellow undertones in their skin. If you look closely at their skin you can see the differences.

A redbone can be a light-skinned african american or a person of mixed races meaning they have African American in them...mixed with other's ethnic races!
Redbone Example: Rachel True (Actress:Mona from Half and Half)

Yellow Bone Example: Faith Evans (R&B Singer)
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A specific brown-to-reddish skinned people of Louisiana with dark eyes and straight, frizzy or curly hair. They are often thought of as a tri-racial people of Native American, African and some form of Eastern or Western European heritage. Redbones are not neccesarily Creole or Cajun--they traditionally speak English.
The redbone lived in the Louisiana bayou his whole life.
by jennifer October 20, 2004
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word used to describe a female that has a light skin tone, sometimes they are the results of interacial couple somewhere in their genology.
Man FAMU has some of he best looking redbones in the world.
by bert2 June 29, 2005
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