race etymology

English word race comes from Proto-Semitic *raʾš- (Head.), Old High German (ca. 750-1050) reiza

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Detailed word origin of race

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*raʾš- Proto-Semitic (sem-pro) Head.
reiza Old High German (ca. 750-1050) (goh)
رَأْس Arabic (ara)
razza Italian (ita) Family, descent. Kind, type. Race, breed (ichthyology) ray, stingray, skate (colloquial) spoke (of a wheel).
race Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm) Race; breed.
race English (eng) (figuratively) A category or species of something that has emerged or evolved from an older one (with an implied parallel to animal breeding or evolutionary science).. (obsolete) Characteristic quality or disposition.. (obsolete) Peculiar flavour, taste, or strength, as of wine; that quality, or assemblage of qualities, which indicates origin or kind, as in wine; hence, characteristic [...]