ethnogenesis

noun

: the process by which a group of people becomes ethnically distinct : the formation and development of an ethnic group
All this seems obvious enough, yet in reality it is largely unproven supposition, for historical records give hardly any information on the crucial questions of Rumanian ethnogenesis.W. B. Lockwood, A Panorama of Indo-European Languages, 1972

Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ethnogenesis was in 1862

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“Ethnogenesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ethnogenesis. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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