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[muhl-tee-rey-shuh l, muhl-tahy-]
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  1. consisting of, representing, or combining members of more than one racial group: multiracial communities.
  2. (of a person) descended from more than one racial group.
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Origin of multiracial

First recorded in 1920–25; multi- + racial
Related formsmul·ti·ra·cial·ism, nounmul·ti·ra·cial·ly, adverb
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Related Words for multiracial

multicultural, open, interracial, multiracial, nonracial, nonsectarian

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British Dictionary definitions for multiracial


  1. comprising people of many races
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Derived Formsmultiracialism, noun
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Word Origin and History for multiracial


also multi-racial, 1923, from multi- + racial.

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