Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

ethnic

play
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

Other Anthropology Terms


2

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




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ethnic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 14, 2016

to hug and kiss another person

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 196.5 pounds 2.2 pounds 100 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ