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

Examples of ethnicity in a Sentence

a university with a student body of diverse ethnicities
Recent Examples on the Web Census data still provide one of the best race and ethnicity population estimates available, which reveal, in aggregate, a rough estimate of how the Asian and Pacific Islander population has moved across Southern California. Sandhya Kambhampati, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2024 That includes a judge’s order last month that invalidated the boundaries of the city’s five districts, which U.S. District Court Judge K. Michael Moore determined the city had drawn based on the race and ethnicity of residents. Tess Riski, Miami Herald, 13 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for ethnicity 

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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 23 May. 2024.

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