in·​ter·​ra·​cial ˌin-tər-ˈrā-shəl How to pronounce interracial (audio)
: of, involving, or designed for members of different races (see race entry 1 sense 1a)
interracially adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Fewer than 3% of marriages were between interracial couples at the time, compared to more than 20% today, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Indianapolis Star, 27 Feb. 2023 In the real world, interracial couples are everywhere. Time, 20 Jan. 2023 The book is part of a series that focuses on interracial relationships, with different women on its book covers. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 16 Feb. 2023 But that’s a movie that goes there and actually talks about the obstacles to having an interracial relationship. The New Yorker, 14 Feb. 2023 Although Nelson shows an interest in deconstructing his characters’ love lives, with a particular interest in exploring interracial relationships, the women rarely come across as more than an afterthought. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2023 Because of its nuanced discussion of interracial relationships and race relations during the height of the civil rights movement, the movie became an instant hit, cementing itself as one of the most important movies in American cinema. Ineye Komonibo,, 2 Feb. 2023 The film is centered around the interracial relationship between Ezra (played by Jonah Hill) and Amira (played by London) and follows the clashes, conflicts and misunderstandings that occur when their families meet. Alex Cramer, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Jan. 2023 The film about an interracial romantic relationship starred Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Houghton. Los Angeles Times, 12 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of interracial was in 1878

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Cite this Entry

“Interracial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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in·​ter·​ra·​cial ˌint-ər-ˈrā-shəl How to pronounce interracial (audio)
: of, involving, or designed for members of different races

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