eth·​nic·​i·​ty | \ eth-ˈni-sə-tē How to pronounce ethnicity (audio) \
plural ethnicities

Definition of ethnicity

1 : ethnic quality or affiliation aspects of ethnicity
2 : a particular ethnic affiliation or group students of diverse ethnicities

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Examples of ethnicity in a Sentence

a university that aggressively recruits a student body of diverse ethnicities
Recent Examples on the Web In accounting for the differences in death rates by race and ethnicity, the researchers pointed to the challenges minority groups often face getting care. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "CDC study: Covid-19 complications killed 121 Americans under age 21 through July," 15 Sep. 2020 Demographics of race and ethnicity found the most striking disproportion among Black people, who make up just 4.7 percent of the county’s population but 21 percent of the homeless population. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "County’s homeless: Disabled, 55 and older and Black," 15 Sep. 2020 Ninety percent of those students are from low-income households and 70% are of a race or ethnicity underrepresented in STEM. Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur,, "With a new $6,000 grant, New Orleans teacher will help STEM students experiment from home," 3 Sep. 2020 Other new entries centered on race and ethnicity include: Afro-Latina, Afro-Latino, Afro-Latinx, Filipina, Filipinx, Pinay, Pinoy, and Pinxy. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, " capitalizes 'Black,' adds 650 words on race, gender, mental health and more," 2 Sep. 2020 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of 526 children hospitalized between March 1 and July 25 (for whom race and ethnicity were reported), 46 percent were Hispanic, 30 percent were Black and 14 percent were white. Andrea Leinfelder,, "Coronavirus caseloads increasing among Hispanic teens," 31 Aug. 2020 Williams injects elements of Afrobeat and world music in his makeover of the track, Wonder's upbeat celebration of the pageantry of race and ethnicity in American history. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "New remix puts a timely spin on a Stevie Wonder's classic 'Black Man'," 30 Aug. 2020 Themes of race and ethnicity are prevalent in Stallworth's previous works, too. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Looking for a book to read in quarantine? Here's 6 new reads from local authors," 28 Aug. 2020 Other retweets included a post claiming the US media covers up black violence against white people, and a post with a screenshot of a chart purporting to show intelligence differences according to race and ethnicity. Jane Li, Quartz, "The Republican convention spotlights the Chinese exiles who are Trump’s loudest supporters," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of ethnicity

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Sep 2020

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“Ethnicity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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