mul·​ti·​ra·​cial ˌməl-tē-ˈrā-shəl How to pronounce multiracial (audio)
: composed of, involving, or representing various races (see race entry 1 sense 1a)
a multiracial society
multiracial families
"This is real music by real musicians," exclaimed Prince in the midst of "Controversy," one of roughly two dozen songs he performed before an adoring multiracial, all-ages, pansexual, sold-out crowd.Ernest Hardy
: having parents or ancestors of different races
Junior high and high school, with their harsh social delineation, can be particularly tough. But multiracial teens who run the gantlet often emerge with a stronger sense of self.Lynette Clemetson
multiracialism noun

Examples of multiracial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many multiracial ladies of a certain age were similarly fetishized by their local Mikes, and for those of us perceived as embodying a certain type of racial ambiguity, being flirtatiously likened to Buh-jork was a collective rite of passage in the 1990s. Myriam Gurba, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 About 10% of the county’s population is Black and more than 7% is multiracial, according to the Census Bureau. Fatima Hussein, Fortune, 7 Feb. 2024 According to state demographics data, the student population is around 35% white, 23% Black, 20% Hispanic, 12% multiracial and 8% Asian, with a small number of Pacific Islander and Indigenous American students making up the remainder of the student body. Natalie Wallington, Kansas City Star, 26 Jan. 2024 The multiracial experience varies not only based on an individual’s skin color, but also their area of residence. Megan Ulu Lani Boyanton, Hartford Courant, 14 Jan. 2024 Being multiracial—her mother is Japanese and her father, who was born in Haiti, is Black—added to her appeal. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, 13 Jan. 2024 More than 77% of the participants were women; about 11% were Asian, 4.5% were Black or African American, 2.3% were Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 9% were multiracial and nearly 73% were white. Kaitlin Sullivan, Health, 9 Dec. 2023 The groups serve as a place where parents can connect, support, and encourage each other while also improving cultural understanding in a district where 42% of students are white, 25% are African American, 21% are Asian, 8% are multiracial, and 4% are Latino. Jackie Valley, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Dec. 2023 Concerns are most pronounced in Singapore, a multiracial city-state with a majority ethnic-Chinese population that is increasingly sympathetic to Beijing. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of multiracial was in 1897

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“Multiracial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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mul·​ti·​ra·​cial ˌməl-ti-ˈrā-shəl How to pronounce multiracial (audio)
: composed of, relating to, or representing various races
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