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 Like other Brexit studies, the authors found that white ethnicity and birth in the UK were over-represented in the cohort that voted to leave the EU in the 2016 Referendum. Cassie Werber, Quartz, "Losing our jobs to robots may subconsciously be changing the way we vote," 13 Mar. 2020 For those who were obsessed with fashion and would put on our moms shoes and wear red lipstick when we weren’t supposed now see different sizes, different heights, different ethnicities, different countries, all in one [runway]... Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Jillian Mercado on Her Runway Debut and Fighting For the Disabled Community," 9 Mar. 2020 The chart offered details on each of the 23 children, such as their age, gender, ethnicity and medical and behavioral health needs. The Republic |, "Department of Child Safety asks foster parents to find room for one — or five — more kids," 29 Feb. 2020 Redlining is the unethical practice of systemically denying neighborhoods lending opportunities and services because of the race or ethnicity of the people who live there. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Home values in black neighborhoods $41,000 lower than Marion County as whole, study says," 24 Feb. 2020 How ethnicity matters The classic view of Kenyan politics as an ethnic census runs something like this. Gabrielle Lynch, Quartz Africa, "In Kenya elite collaboration is more important than ethnicity for political power and stability," 20 Feb. 2020 Trump, this time, included Muslims in the list of the ethnicities inhabiting the country. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Trump plays India’s favourite notes with Bollywood and cricket, but there’s no holding back the bored Indian," 24 Feb. 2020 In many places, people of other ethnicities were barred as well. Nick Watt And Jack Hannah, CNN, "Racist language is still woven into home deeds across America. Erasing it isn't easy, and some don't want to," 15 Feb. 2020 Both institutions are accused of disrespecting and misrepresenting the work of the media’s most favored social groups — women and members of nonwhite ethnicities. Armond White, National Review, "Movie Awards: So Male, So White, So What?," 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of ethnicity

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Mar 2020

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“Ethnicity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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