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

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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 The only way forward is a multiracial democracy that fights for the economic rights of all people and the civil rights of all people. NBC News, "Man holding Confederate flag in Capitol during pro-Trump riot turns himself in," 14 Jan. 2021 White nationalist thugs feel empowered in American society for much the same reason that passing comprehensive climate policy feels like an endless uphill battle: Our electoral system was never meant to govern a majoritarian, multiracial democracy. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "How to Fight Climate Change and Fascists at the Same Time," 14 Jan. 2021 The 2020 election provided several warning signs that, despite Democratic efforts to build a multiracial coalition, Latino support could be at risk. Will Weissert, Chron, "Why Biden's immigration plan may be risky for Democrats," 24 Jan. 2021 The Warnock team knew the path to the Senate would require a complex and fragile multiracial coalition. New York Times, "How Alvin the Beagle Helped Usher In a Democratic Senate," 23 Jan. 2021 The story centers on a multiracial, blended family of 12, navigating a hectic home life while managing their family business. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Check Out All the Big Announcements From Disney Investors Day," 11 Dec. 2020 Not only a woman but a woman at the center of a multiracial family. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "Amy Coney Barrett and the Dogma That Didn’t Bark," 19 Oct. 2020 NBC Asian America spoke to experts on multiracial families and transracial adoption to identify ways young people of color can make these conversations easier and more fruitful. NBC News, "How to talk to parents about race if you're adopted or multiracial," 22 Dec. 2020 Who knew that a year that started out with the shocking death of Kobe Bryant and the growing threat of Covid-19 would get partially upended by the killings of Black and brown people -- and the multiracial protests that followed. Eryn Mathewson, CNN, "These podcasts helped get us through some of 2020's most difficult conversations," 26 Dec. 2020

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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 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of multiracial

: relating to or including more than one race of people

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