mul·​ti·​ra·​cial | \ -ˈrā-shəl \

Definition of multiracial

: composed of, involving, or representing various races

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multiracialism \ -​shə-​ˌli-​zəm \ noun

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Some books featured multiracial casts of earnest citizens pulling together; some showed children helping others of different ages and skin colors; some depicted cuddly animals dealing with questions of exclusion and acceptance. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: You’re Never Too Young to Take a Stand," 28 Dec. 2018 Raised in Manhattan, her family was multiracial, Christian and Jewish. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "ELCA elects Wisconsin's first African-American female bishop," 14 May 2018 New York, New Orleans and Detroit, all fascinating multiracial communities from the beginning, could work at least as well as Jamestown or Plymouth. Kathleen Duval, WSJ, "‘1619’ and ‘Marooned’ Review: Filling in Early America’s Blanks," 25 Oct. 2018 While Black Pantherbecame a smash box office hit because of its huge multiracial audience, African-Americans provided the backbone of support. Andrew Grant-thomas And Melissa Giraud, Good Housekeeping, "Parents: Maybe Don't Buy Your Kid That Black Panther Costume This Halloween," 11 Oct. 2018 What people need to understand is that black people, multiracial or otherwise, come in a gradient of shades and tones. Yaminah Mayo, Glamour, "Khloé Kardashian Shouldn't Have to 'Block Out' Racist Remarks About True," 20 Sep. 2018 The high school’s population is 90 percent white, 4.2 percent Asian, 2.2 percent Hispanic, 1.5 percent black, and 1.9 percent multiracial. Melanie Burney,, "Beyond boys' lacrosse, on Haddonfield sports teams, racial slurs 'just happened all the time,' parents say," 18 May 2018 For the most part, their memberships are young, tech-savvy and multiracial, a mix of starter families and singles, college students and a smattering of older congregants. Kristin E. Holmes,, "As Philly neighborhoods gentrify, black churches lose their base and leave," 6 July 2018 The multiracial Californian turned Floridian also looks and sounds like America would like to look and sound (in contrast to the pasty and inarticulate incumbent) if America were an action figure. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Rock Rules Out 2020 Run," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of multiracial

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of multiracial was in 1903

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English Language Learners Definition of multiracial

: relating to or including more than one race of people

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