eth·​nic·​i·​ty eth-ˈni-sə-tē How to pronounce ethnicity (audio)
plural ethnicities
: ethnic quality or affiliation
aspects of ethnicity
: a particular ethnic affiliation or group
students of diverse ethnicities

Example Sentences

a university with a student body of diverse ethnicities
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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ethnicity was in 1920

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“Ethnicity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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