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