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 At the same time, Korea is a homogeneous, mono-ethnicity country that has maintained its own cultural identity throughout its long history. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 May 2022 The problem was, no one had asked Billiot about the ethnicity of any of the four defendants — three Latinos and one Black. Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, 17 May 2022 Ceremony, Dead Can Dance, Psychedelic Furs, Idles, the English Beat, Iceage, the Clash, X, the Smiths, Epitaph Records, Joy Division: each T-shirt a confirmation that goth and punk culture transcends age and ethnicity. Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2022 Eventually, the machine learning system developed biases, attributing factors like low incomes, ethnicity, and whether someone was a Dutch citizen into deducing who was more likely to commit tax fraud. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 10 May 2022 In Rwanda, ethnic Hutus impregnated Tutsi women in an attempt to erase the Tutsi ethnicity. The Week Staff, The Week, 8 May 2022 The intrigue comes from the crowded fields for secretary of the state and treasurer, contests linked by a desire for a balanced ticket that reflects the identity politics of gender, race and ethnicity. Mark Pazniokas, Hartford Courant, 6 May 2022 The Associated Press’ reporting around issues of race and ethnicity is supported in part by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. Heather Hollingsworth And Annie Ma, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 May 2022 The Associated Press’ reporting around issues of race and ethnicity is supported in part by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. Heather Hollingsworth And Annie Ma, Chron, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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ethnicism

ethnicity

ethnic minorities

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22 May 2022

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“Ethnicity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ethnicity. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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