bi·​ra·​cial (ˌ)bī-ˈrā-shəl How to pronounce biracial (audio)
: of, relating to, or involving members of two races (see race entry 1 sense 1a)
a biracial coalition
biracial couples
also : having parents from two races
biracial children

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Egyptian government officials have criticized casting James, who is biracial, in the role. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 12 May 2023 Harry and Meghan, who is biracial, left royal life and moved to the U.S. in 2020 after complaining about intense scrutiny and racist attitudes from the British press. Brian Melley, ajc, 6 May 2023 For Amarteifio, who is biracial, the double-take was initially dizzying. Helena Andrews-dyer, Washington Post, 5 May 2023 And every single student and teacher identifies as Black or biracial. Cheyanne Mumphrey, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Apr. 2023 In an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, De Niro opened up about raising his six biracial kids. Emily Weaver, Peoplemag, 12 Apr. 2023 Keeping up with California politics A once reluctant Harris embraces her biracial identity in Africa Vice President Kamala Harris has always been more comfortable talking about policy than about her identity. Laurel Rosenhall, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2023 There are three other minority coaches, including Miami’s Mike McDaniel, who has a Black father and identifies as biracial. San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Feb. 2023 Charlotte may have also been the first biracial monarch, with historians debating her heritage. Charlotte Walsh, Peoplemag, 3 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biracial was in 1895

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Cite this Entry

“Biracial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


bi·​ra·​cial (ˈ)bī-ˈrā-shəl How to pronounce biracial (audio)
: of, relating to, or involving people from two races
biracial communities
especially : having biological parents of two different ethnic identities
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