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 The long history of colonization and the appropriation of Egyptian artifacts provides a potentially explosive backdrop for today’s explorations of race and ethnicity. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Nov. 2023 According to the National Center for Education Statistics, dropout rates vary by race and ethnicity. Lauren Lantry, ABC News, 16 Nov. 2023 The incidence and mortality rate of colorectal cancer also varies by race and ethnicity. Deborah Balthazar, STAT, 16 Nov. 2023 The notion is inherent in choreographer Ashleigh King’s musical staging, particularly in the gorgeous opening number, when members of the competing classes and ethnicities introduce themselves, singing to one another, and to us. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2023 This mandate required companies to report pay by gender and race/ethnicity, a first in U.S. history. Katica Roy, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2023 However, socioeconomic diversity is still severely lacking in corporate America and can be a greater obstacle to career progression than gender and ethnicity. Byruth Umoh, Fortune, 8 Nov. 2023 Since the research was based on a limited sample of people from India, Malin said that additional studies in different countries and with a diverse group of participants would be needed, especially since diseases differ across race and ethnicity. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 7 Nov. 2023 Monday night they were said through tears, out loud, in a cacophony of accents — the lyric diphthongs and soft Ss of Yiddish crashing against the tight vowels and sharp Ts of modern Hebrew — a reminder of the multitude of Jewish ethnicities that call LA. Sonja Sharp, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2023 See More

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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 4 Dec. 2023.

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