adjective eth·nic \ˈeth-nik\

: 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

:  heathen
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

ectomorph, ethnography, prehistory, yurt



: a person who belongs to a particular ethnic group

Full Definition of ETHNIC

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

First Known Use of ETHNIC


Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture
ETHNICS Defined for Kids


adjective eth·nic \ˈeth-nik\

Definition of ETHNIC for Kids

:  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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