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 So began a deep dive by Givens into the race and ethnicity of the editors and decision-makers at top-tier medical journals. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, "When a cardiologist flagged the lack of diversity at premier medical journals, the silence was telling," 14 Apr. 2021 The poll tracked notable differences by race and ethnicity. BostonGlobe.com, "Poll gives Mass. schools a passing grade for pandemic performance," 13 Apr. 2021 Breaking the numbers down further in terms of race and ethnicity, the number of Black females in speaking roles dipped from 20% in 2019 to 17% in 2020. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Ageism still lurks in Hollywood, according to analysis of female film characters," 13 Apr. 2021 The university’s Population Research Center, however, also uses Census data for its race and ethnicity population estimates. oregonlive, "Many Oregon people of color eager to get vaccinated against COVID-19 while others wait for answers," 11 Apr. 2021 The study confirms what community activists and researchers have been saying for years: criminal justice in America is meted out differently depending on the race or ethnicity of people involved. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Strong Arm of the Law; San Diego officers, deputies turn to force more often when minorities are involved," 11 Apr. 2021 Generally, Ohio doesn’t provide race and ethnicity data consistently across state government. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "What Ohio could have learned about the coronavirus – if the state had the data," 10 Apr. 2021 More than 30 people of diverse age, gender, occupation, and race and ethnicity contributed to this piece. David Feingold, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: To end poverty and overcome racism, America needs a new Marshall Plan," 9 Apr. 2021 More needs to be done, Gabriel said, so that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — and those of other faiths, too — adhere to the commandment to love their neighbors, no matter their race or ethnicity. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Black BYU professor urges Latter-day Saints to end ‘sin of racism’," 7 Apr. 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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16 Apr 2021

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“Ethnicity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ethnicity. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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