Meaning of “racial” in the English Dictionary

"racial" in British English

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uk /ˈreɪ.ʃəl/ us /ˈreɪ.ʃəl/

B2 happening between people of different races:

He had a vision of a society living in racial harmony.

B2 connected with someone's race:

They are members of a racial minority.

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  • The law has done little to prevent racial discrimination and inequality.
  • They argue that the membership of the Council does not reflect the racial make-up of the city.
  • The system of racial segregation that used to exist in South Africa was called apartheid.
  • The racial killings at the weekend have triggered off a wave of protests throughout the country.
  • Many social workers are in the front line of racial tension.
adverb uk /ˈreɪ.ʃəl.i/ us /ˈreɪ.ʃəl.i/


Racially motivated assaults on Asians are increasing.

(Definition of “racial” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"racial" in American English

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racialadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈreɪ·ʃəl/

of or involving a particular race or different races:

adverb [ not gradable ] us /ˈreɪ·ʃə·li/

They lived in a racially mixed neighborhood.

(Definition of “racial” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)