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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Synonyms for ethnicity

Synonyms

nation, nationality, race

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Examples of ethnicity in a Sentence

a university that aggressively recruits a student body of diverse ethnicities

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Researchers increased the sample size to more than 900 children and included a more diverse array of individuals with a range of ethnicities, income and education levels. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Why Delayed Gratification in the Marshmallow Test Doesn’t Equal Success," 6 June 2018 But the politics of religion and ethnicity have been on the rise in India since 2014, when the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party was swept to power in national elections. Rishi Lekhi, Fox News, "In northeast India, the politics of citizenship flares anew," 10 Aug. 2018 Opponents and hardline Muslim groups, including the FPI, accuse Widodo of failing to stem income inequality or deliver higher growth, but the most incendiary attacks have often been around religion and ethnicity. The Christian Science Monitor, "Indonesian elections hint at rise of political Islam in the secular country," 26 June 2018 The move brings a glimmer of hope to solve one of the bloodiest and most intractable conflicts in the Horn of Africa between two countries closely bound by ties of language, religion and ethnicity. Paul Schemm, Washington Post, "Eritrea breaks silence and responds to Ethiopia peace overtures, will send delegation," 20 June 2018 But this new revelation is especially wrenching in light of the current world climate when hatred of people based on race, religion and ethnicity seems to be on the rise again. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Einstein was a racist? His 1920s travel diaries contain shocking slurs against Chinese people," 13 June 2018 It was used to express, status, age, religion, ethnicity, and kinships. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "How 'Ghetto Until Proven Fashionable' Shirt Designer Nareasha Willis Fights Cultural Appropriation," 15 May 2018 The test measures not just biases on race, but also religion and ethnicity. NBC News, "How training doctors in implicit bias could save the lives of black mothers," 11 May 2018 Once accepted into The League, users can specify certain preferences such as age, religion or ethnicity and are matched through the app’s algorithm as well as by a team. Katy Bergen, kansascity, "Forget swipes, an exclusive 'League' of ambitious KC millennials use this dating app | The Kansas City Star," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ethnicity

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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