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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 enclaves>b :  being a member of a specified ethnic group <an ethnic German>c :  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>

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


First Known Use: 1542

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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

1941

First Known Use of ethnic

1941



ETHNIC Defined for English Language Learners

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ethnic

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adjective eth·nic \ˈeth-nik\

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


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noun eth·nic

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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