pl. n. races; adj. racial
1. in common usage, a theoretical set of genetic attributes offered to explain ethnic differences; mainstream science, in particular Anthropology, has concluded that human racial categories are social, and not biological, constructs; from Middle French razza “breed, lineage”; c. 1500.
2. in a fantasy milieux, one of a number of independently-created sentient humanoid species; examples include Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Halflings, and Men. See demi-human. Also peoples.
3. in science fiction milieu, sometimes syn. of “intelligent species”; also alien races, alien peoples.