ethnicity

noun
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 The state’s health authorities don’t release data breakdowns of cases by ethnicity. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Aug. 2021 In the new building, the detainees were divided by ethnicity. David Remnic, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 This report did not include a breakout by student race/ethnicity. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Data on Asian-Americans is not typically disaggregated, meaning Asian and Pacific Islander identities are often lumped together and not differentiated by ethnicity or nationality. New York Times, 5 May 2021 The California Department of Public Health collects data that, for the most part, is aggregated by race — for example, Asian — but not by ethnicity. Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2021 American Indians, Hispanics and Blacks had the highest rates of death from COVID-19 by ethnicity, the study found. al, 1 Apr. 2021 This district is remarkably mixed by ethnicity, with nearly one-third each being white, Latino, and Asian. Elizabeth Heng, National Review, 24 Mar. 2021 But while such offenses against Spanish nationals are recorded, the figures are not broken down by ethnicity. Christopher Johnson And Tara John, CNN, 21 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of ethnicity

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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Dictionary Entries Near ethnicity

ethnicism

ethnicity

ethnic minorities

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19 Sep 2021

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“Ethnicity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ethnicity. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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