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adjectiveSometimes Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. denoting or relating to a person whose parents belong to different racial or ethnic groups: mixed-race Brazilians.

Origin of mixed-race

First recorded in 1860–65

usage note For mixed-race

Despite the stigma sometimes associated with a mixed-race heritage and the fact that some mixed-race people identify with just one ethnic group, the term itself is usually considered acceptable.

Words Nearby mixed-race

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How to use mixed-race in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for mixed-race


  1. relating to or characteristic of people of different ethnic origins

usage For mixed-race

The term mixed-race may well cause offence. The people so labelled might object to being thought of as a mixture, and identify with one ethnic group. Possible alternatives when referring specifically to ethic origins are of mixed ethnicity and of mixed ethnic origin

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