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ethnic

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adjective eth·nic \ˈeth-nik\

Simple Definition of ethnic

  • : of or relating to races or large groups of people who have the same customs, religion, origin, etc.

  • : associated with or belonging to a particular race or group of people who have a culture that is different from the main culture of a country

Full Definition of ethnic

  1. 1 :  heathen

  2. 2 a :  of or relating to large groups of people classed according to common racial, national, tribal, religious, linguistic, or cultural origin or background <ethnic minorities> <ethnic enclaves> b :  being a member of a specified ethnic group <an ethnic German> c :  of, relating to, or characteristic of ethnics <ethnic neighborhoods> <ethnic foods>

Examples of ethnic

  1. The U.S. has a wide variety of ethnic groups made up of immigrants or their descendants.

  2. <children who were raised in a home where there was a strong ethnic consciousness>



Origin of ethnic

Middle English, from Late Latin ethnicus, from Greek ethnikos national, gentile, from ethnos nation, people; akin to Greek ēthos custom — more at sib


First Known Use: 15th century

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ethnic

noun eth·nic

Simple Definition of ethnic

  • : a person who belongs to a particular ethnic group

Full Definition of ethnic

  1. :  a member of an ethnic group; especially :  a member of a minority group who retains the customs, language, or social views of the group

1941

First Known Use of ethnic

1941



ETHNIC Defined for Kids

ethnic

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adjective eth·nic \ˈeth-nik\

Definition of ethnic

  1. :  of or relating to groups of people with common characteristics and customs <ethnic food>

eth·ni·cal·ly \-ni-kə-lē\ adverb




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