Caucasian


Caucasian
/kɔˈkeɪʒən / (say kaw'kayzhuhn)

adjective
1. Also, Caucasoid, Caucasic. Ethnology relating to the so-called `white race', including the peoples of Europe, south-western Asia, and northern Africa, so named because the native peoples of the Caucasus were considered typical.
2. relating to a person of white-skinned or European appearance: police described the suspect as a Caucasian male in his thirties.
3. of or relating to the Caucasus mountain range.
4. of or relating to those languages spoken in the area of the Caucasus mountains that are not Altaic or Indo-European, as Chechen, Ingush, Georgian, etc., representing at least three different language families.
noun
5. Ethnology a member of the Caucasian race.
6. a person of white-skinned or European appearance.
7. a native of the Caucasus.
Usage: See defs 1 and 5. The 19th-century classification of humans into the Caucasian (or Caucasoid), Negroid, Mongoloid and Australoid races is now widely considered an oversimplification. These terms should be used with caution, especially when referring to an individual person.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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