Definition of Caucasian
1 : of or relating to the Caucasus or its inhabitants were forced to leave their Caucasian homeland
2 : of, constituting, or characteristic of a race of humankind native to Europe, North Africa, and southwest Asia and classified according to physical features —used especially in referring to persons of European descent having usually light skin pigmentation
Caucasoidplay \ˈkȯ-kə-ˌsȯid, -ˌzȯid\ adjective or noun
Recent Examples of caucasian from the Web
The largest demographic is Caucasian (65.9 percent).
Similar to the earlier robbery suspect, he was described as a caucasian male of medium build with thinning black hair, brown eyes and wearing a dark colored Polo shirt and aviator glasses on his head.
The most recent Caucasian roofer the company hired, in 2014, lasted four months on the job.
Our fellow passengers were an older, prosperous crowd, mostly British and Afrikaner, and mainly Caucasian.
That trust in me [as a black woman] helps to build trust between not only me and that person, but also that person and other officers whether they’re Caucasian, Hispanic, or Asian.
Brooks Ashmanskas portrays all the Caucasian men of power who pave — or more often, obstruct — the show’s bumpy road to the Great White Way.
Puzzled, Lupita looked at two Caucasian students’ papers in class.
3) Looking for a caucasian male stand-in 5’7″ – shaggy hair – blond (this works run of show… need open availability…)
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Caucasian vs. white
Caucasian has two fairly distinct meanings, and the difference between them occasionally leads people to aver that one of them is incorrect. The earliest sense of the word is a literal one: “of or relating to the Caucasus (a region in southeastern Europe between the Black and Caspian seas) or its inhabitants.” The second refers to the racial group commonly referred to as white.
The objection to using Caucasian to refer to a white person is that many whites do not actually come from the Caucasus region. Be this as it may, there is no rule in language stipulating that the formation of a word must be based on logic; were this the case we would not call members of this racial group either Caucasian or white, since there are very few whose skin color is in fact that exact shade.
First Known Use of caucasian
Medical Definition of Caucasian
1: of or relating to the white race of humankind as classified according to physical features
2: of or relating to the white race as defined by law specifically as composed of persons of European, North African, or southwest Asian ancestry
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