Definition of biracial in US English:

biracial

adjective

  • Concerning or containing members of two racial groups.

    • ‘Yes, America makes anyone who is even partially black, black, but he seems to have found a black American identity some biracial people never grow completely comfortable with.’
    • ‘I view this new literary niche as a sort of biracial bunker, where it's safe to express yourself and feel your feelings after years - decades - of struggling to fit in.’
    • ‘Most of all, people in biracial relationships sometimes receive hateful stares and racial slurs from strangers.’
    • ‘Black and white once defined the racial landscape of the American South, but multicultural and multiethnic rather than biracial now describe society in many southern places.’
    • ‘We use the term multiracial to refer to those of all racial mixes, including biracial.’
    • ‘Du Bois's images of a white-looking biracial girl demonstrate the arbitrary nature of visual racial classification.’
    • ‘This leaves the Tracey character struggling not only with his residual prejudice but also with his fears for his only daughter's future happiness in a biracial marriage in racially charged America.’
    • ‘‘I thought she was talking about the biracial aspect of my life,’ says Grove.’
    • ‘Even with the option of multiple racial choices on the census forms, Wardle suspects the numbers will represent an undercount of the biracial and multiracial population.’
    • ‘Largely autobiographical, the novel concerns itself with Hannah, a biracial house slave educated by a white couple who lived on the outskirts of the plantation where she was born.’
    • ‘But, between 1968 and 1972, approximately 50,000 black and biracial children were adopted into white families.’
    • ‘Most of my Mom's family was biracial, so I was colorblind.’
    • ‘Many Southern Democratic politicians have learned the trick of building biracial coalitions, which is why they aren't extinct.’
    • ‘A 6-month-old, biracial boy named Michael was their first foster child.’
    • ‘Indeed, by 1890, census officials stopped counting mixed-race people as a separate category, and the nation became officially biracial.’
    • ‘She claims that out of all her dolls, she feels the strongest affinity for Gabi, the Brazilian-American soccer player, who, like her, is biracial.’
    • ‘It is this massive boom in poultry that is largely responsible for changing the rural South from a biracial, agricultural culture to a globalized entrepot.’
    • ‘The remaining 9% were either Asian, biracial, or multiracial.’
    • ‘For example, a biracial church of 100 members would need 50 members of each racial-ethnic group to achieve a diversity score of 1.’
    • ‘White candidates had to pay attention to them, either seeking their support in order to create biracial coalitions, or ostentatiously snubbing them in an effort to solidify the white vote.’

Pronunciation

biracial

/ˌbīˈrāSH(ə)l/