Originally Posted by listopencil
Actually, yes it does. The term "race" means nothing other than "group."
Grouped according to what though? Generally when race is used it is referring to genetics/biology for grouping by physical traits to categorize subdivisions of mankind, or include such characteristics. Hispanic still refers to cultural and historical connect to Spain/Hispania. Many of them are white.
I think definition #3 under noun applies to this context. The others #4 and #5 use another context but I've rarely seen the Dutch referred to as a race. That seems to be used metaphorically, like "human race." I've always used it in an anthro context because that's where I first studied it.
However, I don't see that its meaning means "group" literally. It's origins stems from the Italian "razza" meaning of obscure origin. Another seems to be from "root" but the context on that page is different.
any of the traditional divisions of humankind, the commonest being the caucasian, Mongoloid, and Negro, characterized by supposedly distinctive and universal physical characteristics: no longer in technical use.
an arbitrary classification of modern humans, sometimes, especially formerly, based on any or a combination of various physical characteristics, as skin color, facial form, or eye shape, and now frequently based on such genetic markers as blood groups.
a human population partially isolated reproductively from other populations, whose members share a greater degree of physical and genetic similarity with one another than with other humans.
All races of humans belong to the same species.
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