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


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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The tunes, written to be pretty, are interchangeable, though Old Erich’s nurse, Carmelita, gets a Latin rhythm for her number, a heavy-handed signifier of her ethnicity. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Taking Up Serpents’ and ‘Dear Erich’ Reviews: Operas Haunted by the Past," 15 Jan. 2019 The goal is to maintain a mix of executives, entrepreneurs, and freelancers across every age, ethnicity and sector, and the purpose is to change the world of work for women. Prue Lewington, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Career Club Is the Global Sisterhood You've Always Wanted," 11 Feb. 2019 People of all ethnicities use and purchase cannabis at about the same rate, but people of color are much more likely to be arrested for cannabis possession, according to the Drug Policy Alliance. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "6 Things to Know Before You Even Set Foot in a Marijuana Dispensary," 24 Oct. 2018 Those attending came from all ethnicities; some wore formal dress outfits; some came in summer shorts. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen remembered for his humanity, humility and kindness," 6 Aug. 2018 Survivors were of all ethnicities and had been attacked in both urban and rural environments. Laura Seay, Washington Post, "How rape is weaponized in civil wars," 29 June 2018 Actors of all ethnicities and genders ages 20-70 are needed for speaking roles, while extras ages 10-70 are needed for background roles. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Hallmark Is Looking for Extras to Appear in Their New 'Christmas at Graceland' Movie," 28 June 2018 Even though the number of California women between 15 and 50 grew during the past decade, the number of births fell among all ethnicities. Phillip Reese, sacbee, "California birth rate falls again to record low | The Sacramento Bee," 17 May 2018 In court papers, Mooppan also argued the DACA move applies equally to persons of all ethnicities, although like most immigration policies, has a certain disproportionate impact on Latinos from Central and South America. CNN, "Appeals court judges question Trump move to end DACA," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of ethnicity

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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