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anthropology

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

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

Full Definition of ANTHROPOLOGY

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
:  theology dealing with the origin, nature, and destiny of human beings
an·thro·po·log·i·cal \-pə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective
an·thro·po·log·i·cal·ly \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
an·thro·pol·o·gist \ˌan(t)-thrə-ˈpä-lə-jist\ noun
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Origin of ANTHROPOLOGY

New Latin anthropologia, from anthrop- + -logia -logy
First Known Use: 1593

Other Anthropology Terms

ectomorph, ethnography, prehistory, yurt
ANTHROPOLOGIES Defined for Kids

anthropology

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

Definition of ANTHROPOLOGY for Kids

:  a science that studies people and especially their history, development, distribution and culture
Medical Dictionary

anthropology

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

Medical Definition of ANTHROPOLOGY

:  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
an·thro·po·log·i·cal \-pə-ˈläj-i-kəl\ adjective
an·thro·po·log·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
an·thro·pol·o·gist \ˌan(t)-thrə-ˈpäl-ə-jəst\ noun

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