[ nee-groid ]
/ ˈni grɔɪd /


Anthropology. (no longer in technical use) of, relating to, or characteristic of the peoples traditionally classified as the Negro race, especially those who originate in sub-Saharan Africa.


Older Use: Usually Offensive. a member of such peoples.


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Origin of Negroid

First recorded in 1855–60; Negr(o) + -oid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for negroid

/ (ˈniːɡrɔɪd) /


denoting, relating to, or belonging to a darker-compexioned supposed racial group of mankind. This group includes the indigenous peoples of Africa south of the Sahara, their descendants elsewhere, and some Melanesian peoples


a member of this racial group

usage for Negroid

The word Negroid and other words ending in -oid relating to racial groups, such as Mongoloid, are controversial scientifically and best avoided. If you need to refer to ethnicity, it is preferable to use the specific name of the people or peoples concerned
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