bi·​ra·​cial | \(ˌ)bī-ˈrā-shəl \

Definition of biracial 

: of, relating to, or involving members of two races a biracial coalition biracial couples also : having parents from two races biracial children

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from biracial

biracialism \ (ˌ)bī-​ˈrā-​shə-​ˌli-​zəm \ noun

Examples of biracial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Southwest Airlines has apologized after an employee asked a mother to prove her biracial son was hers before boarding a flight with the baby. Mackenzie Schmidt,, "Southwest Apologizes to Mom Asked to 'Prove' Biracial Baby Was Hers Before Boarding Flight," 30 May 2018 The airlines are back at it again, with Southwest being accused of demanding that a white mother prove that her infant biracial son was indeed her own. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "College Basketball Coach Says Southwest Airlines Employee Asked Her to Prove That Her Biracial Son Was Hers," 30 May 2018 The book details her journey, her struggle with her identity and how being black or biracial affects how people see each other. Emily Bamforth,, "Author Julie Lythcott-Haims discusses what it means to be black, biracial in America (Watch live)," 2 Feb. 2018 As the father of two biracial children, his material portrays domestic scenes navigating parenting in a racist world. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "The W. Kamau Bell Legacy: A Talk Show Five Years Ahead of Its Time," 26 June 2018 Scout would continue the narrative as a biracial and illegitimate child! New York Times, "Letters to the Editor," 6 July 2018 Howard, who is biracial, and Dinnsen, who is white, fired a total of 11 times through the back of the Cadillac, striking Bailey four times through his back. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Aaron Bailey shooting: What to know as merit board decides on firing IMPD officers," 3 May 2018 Dickenson was biracial, 17, and worked for a farmer near Walton. Mark Curnutte,, "Confederate anger, geography led to 8 lynchings in Boone County in 1870s and 1880s," 30 Apr. 2018 Cigarette smoking also is not declining as much among people who are less educated, biracial, poor, or are in other population segments, said Brian King, deputy director for research translation in the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health in Atlanta. Julie Washington,, "Smoking rates decline, but at slower pace for minorities and poor, CDC says," 8 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'biracial.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of biracial

1895, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about biracial

Dictionary Entries near biracial








Statistics for biracial

Last Updated

26 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for biracial

The first known use of biracial was in 1895

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for biracial



English Language Learners Definition of biracial

: of, relating to, or involving people from two races; also : having parents from two races

More from Merriam-Webster on biracial

See words that rhyme with biracial

Comments on biracial

What made you want to look up biracial? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


full of whispering sounds

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!