Definition of Caucasian in English:

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Pronunciation: /kôˈkāZHən/


1chiefly North American White-skinned; of European origin: twenty of the therapists were Caucasian, two were African American, and two were Hispanic
1.1 dated Relating to one of the traditional divisions of humankind, covering a broad group of peoples from Europe, western Asia, and parts of India and North Africa.
So named because the German physiologist Blumenbach believed that it originated in the Caucasus region of southeastern Europe
2Relating to the Caucasus.
Example sentences
  • The Greater Caucasian mountain range rises in the north and the Southern Georgian Highlands in the south.
  • He later told journalists that for the next two months he was convalescing in the house of a local police officer in Kabarda (western Caucasus) who sheltered him in conformity with the Caucasian custom of kunak sanctuary.
  • Turnip-rooted chervil, Chaerophyllum bulbosum, an umbelliferous plant native to S. Europe and the Caucasian region, is quite different from cultivated or wild chervil.
3Relating to a group of languages spoken in the region of the Caucasus, of which thirty-eight are known, many not committed to writing. The most widely spoken is Georgian, of the small South Caucasian family, not related to the three North Caucasian families.
Example sentences
  • Georgian is part of the South Caucasian family of languages: Zan (Mengrelo-Chan), Svan, and Georgian proper (Kartuli).
  • Georgian - a South Caucasian (or ‘Kartvelian’) language unrelated to any other outside the immediate region - is one of the oldest living languages in the world, and it has its own distinctive alphabet.
  • The majority language is Georgian, which belongs to the Kartvelian (South Caucasian) language group.


1chiefly North American A white person; a person of European origin: the man is described as being a 50-year-old Caucasian with a full head of graying hair
2A person from the Caucasus: the Caucasians of Southern Russia


In the racial classification as developed by anthropologists in the 19th century, Caucasian (or Caucasoid) included peoples whose skin color ranged from light (in northern Europe) to dark (in parts of North Africa and India). Although the classification is outdated and the categories are now not generally accepted as scientific (see Mongoloid (usage)), the term Caucasian has acquired a more restricted meaning. It is now used as a synonym for ‘white or of European origin,’ as in the police are looking for a Caucasian male in his forties.

Words that rhyme with Caucasian

Malaysian, Rabelaisian

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Syllabification: Cau·ca·sian

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