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anthropology

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noun an·thro·pol·o·gy \ˌan(t)-thrə-ˈpä-lə-jē\

Simple Definition of anthropology

  • : the study of human races, origins, societies, and cultures

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of anthropology

  1. 1 :  the science of human beings; especially :  the study of human beings and their ancestors through time and space and in relation to physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture

  2. 2 :  theology dealing with the origin, nature, and destiny of human beings

anthropologicalplay \-pə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective
anthropologicallyplay \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
anthropologistplay \ˌan(t)-thrə-ˈpä-lə-jist\ noun

Origin of anthropology

New Latin anthropologia, from anthrop- + -logia -logy


First Known Use: 1593

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ANTHROPOLOGY Defined for Kids

anthropology

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noun an·thro·pol·o·gy \ˌan-thrə-ˈpä-lə-jē\

Definition of anthropology for Students

  1. :  a science that studies people and especially their history, development, distribution and culture




Medical Dictionary

anthropology

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noun an·thro·pol·o·gy \ˌan(t)-thrə-ˈpäl-ə-jē\

Medical Definition of anthropology

plural anthropologies

  1. :  the science of humans; especially :  the study of humans in relation to distribution, origin, classification, and relationship of races, physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture

anthropological \-pə-ˈläj-i-kəl\play adjective
anthropologically \-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb
anthropologist \ˌan(t)-thrə-ˈpäl-ə-jəst\play noun




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