Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “racial”


adjective     /ˈreɪ.ʃəl/
B2 happening between people of different races: racial discrimination/prejudice He had a vision of a society living in racial harmony.Race and ethnicityRacial issues B2 connected with someone's race: They are members of a racial minority.Race and ethnicityRacial issues racially     /-i/ adverb C1 Racially motivated assaults on Asians are increasing.Race and ethnicityRacial issues
(Definition of racial adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of racial

Definitions of “racial” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More