\ ˈmikst How to pronounce mixed (audio) \

Definition of mixed

1 : combining characteristics of more than one kind specifically : combining features of two or more systems of government a mixed constitution
2 : made up of or involving individuals or items of more than one kind: such as
a : made up of or involving persons differing in race (see race entry 1 sense 1a), national origin, religion, or class a mixed audience a mixed family/household
b : made up of or involving individuals of more than one sex mixed company
3 : including or accompanied by inconsistent, incompatible, or contrary elements mixed emotions received mixed reviews a mixed blessing
4a : deriving from two or more races (see race entry 1 sense 1a) people of mixed race her mixed ancestry
b : deriving from two or more breeds a stallion of mixed blood

Examples of mixed in a Sentence

a can of mixed nuts We ate salads of mixed greens. They live in a mixed neighborhood. She's of mixed African and European ancestry. people of mixed racial origin His decision got a mixed reaction from the family. The experiment got mixed results. See More
Recent Examples on the Web At one point, the book alludes to Rhinelander v. Rhinelander, the 1925 divorce trial in which a white man accused his wife of obscuring her mixed-race ancestry. Alice Mcdermott, New York Times, 22 June 2022 In school, Gray was often bullied by his mostly white classmates, sometimes for his mixed-race identity. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 17 June 2022 In this Stonewall Book Award winner, a gay, mixed-race teen living in London stumbles upon the art of drag and grows comfortable in his own skin. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 16 June 2022 The mixed-race anesthesiologist, who also goes by Rainbow, was turned into the character played by Tracee Ellis Ross in both series. Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2022 One option was to envision Mr. Thistlewaite, who is not seen in the movie, as a Black man, making Julia mixed-race. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 June 2022 Among babies adopted in 2020, according to Statista Research, 29,325 were white, 11,631 were Hispanic, 9,588 were Black, and 5,304 were mixed-race. The Week Staff, The Week, 29 May 2022 Muth, who identifies as mixed race, recalled watching the bystander video of Floyd’s dying moments from his home in the Minneapolis suburb of Burnsville. Mohamed Ibrahim, USA TODAY, 26 May 2022 Tormented because of her mixed-race background and rarely leaving her mother’s side, Vicky gets to see another side of her. Marta Balaga, Variety, 26 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mixed

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mixed

Middle English mixte

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“Mixed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mixed. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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\ ˈmikst How to pronounce mixed (audio) \

Kids Definition of mixed

1 : made up of two or more kinds mixed candy
2 : made up of both females and males They sing in a mixed choir.
3 : made up of parts that are very different from one another The movie got mixed reviews.


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Medical Definition of mixed

1 : combining features or exhibiting symptoms of more than one condition or disease a mixed tumor
2 : producing more than one kind of secretion mixed salivary glands

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