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definition of the word race

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From Middle French race, from Italian razza, possibly from Arabic رأس (ra’s), head).

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countable and uncountable; races

race (countable and uncountable; plural races)

  1. A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of a common heritage.
    The Anglo-Saxon race
  2. A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of common, genetically linked, physical characteristics, such as skin color or hair type.
    Race was a significant issue during apartheid in South Africa.
  3. (controversial usage) One of the categories from the many subcategorizations of the human species. See Wikipedia's article on historical definitions of race.
    The Native Americans colonized the New World in several waves from Asia, and thus they are part of the same Mongoloid race.
  4. (biology) A population geographically separated from others of its species that develops significantly different characteristics; informal for subspecies.
  5. A breed or strain of domesticated animal.
  6. (figuratively) A category or species of something that has emerged or evolved from an older one (with an implied parallel to animal breeding or evolutionary science).
    The advent of the Internet has brought about a new race of entrepreneur.
    Recent developments in artificial intelligence has brought about a new race of robots that can perform household chores without supervision.

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