mul·​ti·​ra·​cial | \ ˌməl-tē-ˈrā-shəl How to pronounce multiracial (audio) , -ˌtī- \

Definition of multiracial

1 : 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
2 : 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

Other Words from multiracial

multiracialism \ ˌməl-​tē-​ˈrā-​shə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce multiracial (audio) , -​ˌtī-​ \ noun

Examples of multiracial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About 4% of students were identified as multiracial. Jamiel Lynch, CNN, 17 May 2022 About 37 percent identify as White, according to federal data, while 22 percent identify as Asian American, 20 percent as Black or African American, 9 percent as Hispanic or Latino and 5 percent as multiracial. Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2022 Findings from the 2020 U.S. Census show the country's white population shrunk for the first time in history, while the population of those identifying as multiracial rose from 9 million in 2010 to 33.8 million in 2020. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 10 Dec. 2021 In fact, in the last decade, the number of Latinos who identify as multiracial has increased from 3 million to 20 million. NBC News, 4 Oct. 2021 When compared to their makeup of the city’s population, Asian, Hispanic and multiracial employees were underrepresented in management roles, while Black workers were overrepresented. Shwanika Narayan, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 June 2022 And then there’s the victory at Amazon, where union supporters say their multiracial coalition was a source of strength, as was a diversity of political views. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Building that kind of multiracial working class coalition has proven harder on a national scale. Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2022 Both succeeded, electorally, in appealing to a broad, multiracial coalition of working-class voters while keeping a foot in the camp of the party's more liberal base. Gregory Krieg, CNN, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of multiracial

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Multiracial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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