- 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.
- 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 majority of management positions in the company were filled by Caucasians.
- a native of Caucasia.
Origin of Caucasian
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 men 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“most handsome and becoming” of all five races ( Caucasian, Mongolian, Ethiopian, Malayan, and American ) in his now outdated classification.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.
- "[T]he status of Caucasian…as a scientifically credible racial category…is arguably no better than that of an Aryan race."-Bruce David Baum The rise and fall of the Caucasian race: a political history of racial identity (2006)
- "Eighteen million of you, from all walks of life—women and men, young and old, Latino and Asian, African-American and Caucasian, rich, poor, and middle-class, gay and straight, you have stood with me."-Hillary Clinton, in a speech announcing suspension of presidential campaign and Obama support American Rhetoric (delivered June 7, 2008)
- "The Caucasian mountains have not as yet attracted the attention of geologists in a degree corresponding to their real importance in the history of the formation of the earth's crust."-V. Dingelstedt The Igneous Rocks of the Caucasus Scottish Geographical Magazine, Volume 12 (1896)
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Historical Examples of caucasic
Undoubtedly the term "Caucasic" cannot be defended on ethnical grounds.
Asia is mainly peopled by races belonging to two great ethnographic types, the Caucasic or fair type, and the Mongolic or yellow.
Certainly this Caucasic division consists apparently of the most heterogeneous elements, more so than perhaps any other.
Beyond the mainland and Ceylon no Caucasic peoples of Aryan speech are known to have ranged in neolithic or prehistoric times.
It was a language more like the unclassified Caucasic language groups than any others that now exist.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind
Herbert George Wells
- 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