Anthropology. (no longer in technical use) of, relating to, or characteristic of one of the traditional racial divisions of humankind, marked by fair to dark skin, straight to tightly curled hair, and light to very dark eyes, and originally inhabiting Europe, parts of North Africa, western Asia, and India.
white (def. 3): a brown-haired Caucasian female with a tattoo on her left shoulder.
of or relating to the Caucasus mountain range.
Linguistics. of or related to the non-Indo-European, non-Turkic languages of the Caucasus region.
Anthropology. (no longer in technical use) a member of the peoples traditionally classified as the Caucasian race, especially those peoples having light to fair skin.
a white person: The chef at this awesome new Indian restaurant is actually a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian from Montana.
When anthropologists first started studying race, white supremacy was popularly accepted. Blumenbach was, at least, a bit more progressive than his contemporaries, in that he believed that all human beings belonged to the same species, even if he considered the Caucasian race—his own race—to be the original type and the “most handsome and becoming” of all five races ( Caucasian, Mongolian, Ethiopian, Malayan, and American ) in his now outdated classification.
The language of race is undeniably a sensitive issue. Words that were once perfectly acceptable become dated and offensive. In his book The Rise and Fall of the Caucasian Race, Bruce David Baum notes: “[T]he notion of a Caucasian race has gone in and out of vogue…in popular usage since it was invented in the late eighteenth century.” In a 2008 speech Hillary Clinton used the term “Caucasian”; however, the writers of the 2010 U.S. Census form opted to use the term “White” over “Caucasian” in the question about race. For most Americans, the terms are interchangeable.
— The Caucasian Chalk Circle: A 1944 modernist play by German playwright Bertolt Brecht.
— Caucasian Review of International Affairs: An academic journal dealing with the Caucasus region, published quarterly.
—Caucasian Ovcharka: A breed of dogs, also called the Caucasian Shepherd.
- non-Cau·ca·sian, adjective, noun
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How to use Caucasian in a sentence
Still, the exposed skin on my face and hands felt drawn and hot, stinging, a fire of whiteness, a burning Caucasian husk.The Cost: What Stop and Frisk Does to a Young Man’s Soul | Rilla Askew | May 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For the Caucasian minority in prison, white supremacy is still the sub-culture of choice.A Jewish Ex-Con Recalls Keeping Kosher with the Faithful in Prison | Daniel Genis | May 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
According to Variety, casting was delayed by the question of whether or not Episode VII would have a Caucasian lead.John Boyega, the Hero of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ Has the Force | Amy Zimmerman | April 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some anthropologists thought he looked like a Caucasian actor from Star Trek.Incontrovertible Evidence Proves the First Americans Came From Asia | Doug Peacock | March 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Here we have a country—Russia—where hunting for gays and for northern Caucasian facial features is becoming a national sport.Bernard-Henri Levy: Ukraine’s Revolutionaries Are Not Fascists | Bernard-Henri Lévy | February 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A very good quality of tobacco is grown in the trans-Caucasian provinces; it also flourishes well in the Southern provinces.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
First, the Egyptians must be named, Caucasian races not autochthonically at home in Libya.The Art of Drinking | Georg Gottfried Gervinus
Second, his prognathism, or projection of the jaws—his index of facial angle being about 70, as compared with the Caucasian 82.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
The Tartars belong more especially to two distinct races, the Caucasian and the Mongolian.Michael Strogoff | Jules Verne
In his hospitality the Caucasian vies with the Arab of the desert.Life of Schamyl | John Milton Mackie
British Dictionary definitions for Caucasian
old-fashioned another word for Caucasoid
of or relating to the Caucasus
a White person; a Caucasoid
a native or inhabitant of Caucasia
any of three possibly related families of languages spoken in the Caucasus: North-West Caucasian, including Circassian and Abkhaz, North-East Caucasian, including Avar, and South Caucasian including Georgian
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