from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or characteristic of race or races.
  • adjective Arising from or based on differences among human racial groups.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Relating or pertaining to race or lineage, or to a race or races of living beings; characteristic of race or of a race.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to a race or family of men.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or relating to a race or a people

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or characteristic of race or races or arising from differences among groups
  • adjective of or related to genetically distinguished groups of people


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  • "For some reason, this is the part of the story where everyone wants to know if the guy was black.

    Yeah, he was. No, I did not yell something racial at him. Or struggle with myself because I really wanted to yell something racial at him. Or think something racial and then feel guilty about it later. This is not that kind of story."

    - Joseph Shahadi, Look Twice,, 19 March 2009.

    March 23, 2009