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

  • adjective Of or being a human racial classification traditionally distinguished by physical characteristics such as yellowish-brown skin, straight black hair, dark eyes with epicanthic folds, and prominent cheekbones and including peoples indigenous to central and eastern Asia. No longer in scientific use.
  • adjective Characteristic of or resembling a Mongol.
  • adjective Offensive Of or relating to Down syndrome.
  • noun A member of the Mongoloid racial classification. No longer in scientific use.
  • noun Offensive A person with Down syndrome.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as Mongolioid.

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

  • adjective Resembling a Mongol or the Mongols; having race characteristics, such as color, hair, and features, like those of the Mongols.
  • adjective Of, related to, or affected with, Down syndrome; -- not a technical term.
  • noun A person affected with Down syndrome; -- not a technical term.

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

  • noun a person suffering from Down syndrome (no longer used technically in this sense)
  • adjective of or pertaining to or characteristic of one of the traditional racial division of humankind including especially peoples of central and eastern Asia
  • noun a member of the Mongoloid race
  • adjective of or relating to or suffering from Down syndrome
  • adjective characteristic of or resembling a Mongol


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • There are people who are just as ignorant and self-righteous trying to get the word Mongoloid for the Mongoloid race changed to something else because the West had been using the word Mongoloid for children born with a specific birth defect.

    Gordon Brown, Charlie Whelan and Me

  • One of these children has Down's syndrome, and Precious calls him Mongo, short for "Mongoloid" - that discredited term Precious

    The Guardian World News

  • And another thing alphacrucis, between you and me, what sort of Israeli are you that you feel so offended by the term "Mongoloid" - you said Israelis welcome people from ALL parts of the world to join their sick and iniquitous den? - Comments

  • Anyhoo, all three of these migrations were of what might be called the Mongoloid racial type, or more properly were all sinodonts, since the characteristics of the Mongoloid type were still in their incipient stage, but sinodonty (a dentition pattern characterized by the presence of shovel-shaped incisors*, which evolved in Central and primarily East Asia) was a trait held in common among all members of the pre-Mongoloid race then, and the Mongoloid race today.

    What the shit? -- A Bad Archaeology on TV Rant

  • She's "Mongoloid," to use the charming label on the old charts.

    The Emerging Stagnant Majority, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • I understand that 1940s attitudes toward these "Mongoloid" children were far less enlightened and humane than they are now.

    In the Shadow of Fame: A Memoir by the Daughter of Erik H. Erikson by Sue Erikson Bloland

  • "Mongoloid" was, you know, another category -- another one of those groups that they created.

    Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White

  • a face called Mongoloid, because of a certain resemblance to that of some of the Mongolian races as will be noted above.

    Applied Eugenics

  • It depicted a male and female human, nude, of the variant she had heard called "Mongoloid," emerging from clouds wherein drifted hints of stars, like a galaxy a-borning.

    The Game Of Empire

  • "Jocko Homo" spirited the crowd into a marketing dream come true vocal chant ( "We are Devo!"), and the punkish "Mongoloid" gave the hopping crowd a dizzying dancing beat.

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