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[nee-groid] /ˈni grɔɪd/
Anthropology. (no longer in technical use) of, relating to, or characteristic of the peoples traditionally classified as the Negro race, especially those who originate in sub-Saharan Africa.
Older Use: Usually Offensive. a member of such peoples.
Origin of Negroid
1855-60; Negr(o) + -oid Unabridged
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  • In the Negroid race the hairs are flat, and have a flattened appearance, and in the Mongoloid race they are perfectly round.

    Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • But let us allow the Negroid the benefit of the doubt and accord him the fullest credit.

    The Color Line William Benjamin Smith
  • This Negroid combination is more manifest in the interior and least in the east.

  • One theory regards a Negroid stock as aboriginal to which a Polynesian strain was later added.

  • It is a bit of Africa, as Negroid in aspect as any district you are likely to visit in the South.

    Half a Man Mary White Ovington
  • On the whole, there is a great deal of Melanesian in the Fijian nose; it is Negroid, but not pronouncedly.

  • The assumed inferiority of both the Negro and the Negroid is argued at length, and proved by a great variety of considerations.

    The Color Line William Benjamin Smith
  • Behind them Negroid peoples poured into Africa, apparently in successive waves.

  • Nor was the Negroid stock confined to Africa, though Africa has always been its geographical core.

    Influences of Geographic Environment Ellen Churchill Semple
British Dictionary definitions for Negroid


denoting, relating to, or belonging to a darker-compexioned supposed racial group of mankind. This group includes the indigenous peoples of Africa south of the Sahara, their descendants elsewhere, and some Melanesian peoples
a member of this racial group
Usage note
The word Negroid and other words ending in -oid relating to racial groups, such as Mongoloid, are controversial scientifically and best avoided. If you need to refer to ethnicity, it is preferable to use the specific name of the people or peoples concerned
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Word Origin and History for Negroid



1844, a hybrid, from Negro and Greek suffix -oeides "like, resembling" (see -oid). As a noun from 1859.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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