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ethnic

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adjective eth·nic \ˈeth-nik\

Definition of ethnic

  1. 1a :  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 enclavesb :  being a member of a specified ethnic group an ethnic Germanc :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a minority ethnic group ethnic neighborhoods ethnic foods

  2. 2 :  of or relating to the Gentiles or to nations not converted to Christianity :  heathen, pagan … ancient ethnic revels of a faith long since forsaken … — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Examples of ethnic in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology 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

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ethnic

noun eth·nic

Definition of ethnic

chiefly US

  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



ETHNIC Defined for English Language Learners

ethnic

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adjective

Definition of ethnic for English Language Learners

  • : 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

ethnic

noun

Definition of ethnic for English Language Learners

  • : a person who belongs to a particular ethnic group


ETHNIC Defined for Kids

ethnic

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adjective eth·nic \ˈeth-nik\

Definition of ethnic for Students

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

ethnically

\-ni-kə-lē\ adverb


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