or Am·er-A·sian

[am-uh-rey-zhuh n, -shuh n]
  1. of mixed American and Asian descent.

Origin of Amerasian

First recorded in 1950–55; Amer(ican) + Asian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for amerasian


  1. a person of mixed American and Asian parentage; used especially to refer to someone with an American father and an Asian mother
  1. of or relating to Amerasians
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Word Origin and History for amerasian


1966, noun and adjective, from American + Asian; coined in reference to children fathered by U.S. servicemen stationed in Asia during the Cold War.

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