eth·​nog·​ra·​phy | \ eth-ˈnä-grə-fē How to pronounce ethnography (audio) \

Definition of ethnography

: the study and systematic recording of human cultures also : a descriptive work produced from such research

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Other Words from ethnography

ethnographer \ eth-​ˈnä-​grə-​fər How to pronounce ethnography (audio) \ noun
ethnographic \ ˌeth-​nə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce ethnography (audio) \ or ethnographical \ ˌeth-​nə-​ˈgra-​fi-​kəl How to pronounce ethnography (audio) \ adjective
ethnographically \ ˌeth-​nə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ethnography (audio) \ adverb

Examples of ethnography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Consumer behavior even encompasses anthropology and ethnography (the study of people and culture in their social habitat). Prince Ghuman, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 KitchenTown carries out design research, consumer insights and ethnography, and new product concept ideation for start-ups, and gives them access to a product development lab in exchange for a monthly fee. Brian Kateman, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Romero and Medina, a gifted maitre d’, riff joyously across five courses (omnivore or vegetarian), that challenge preconceived notions around colonialism, history and the complex ethnography of Mexican cuisine. Jordan Michelman, Los Angeles Times, 13 Aug. 2021 Nearly all did tip-top work in genres that include reportage, ethnography, fashion, advertising, and determinedly avant-garde experimentation. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 26 July 2021 What isn’t laid out in source material has been codified in the game’s culture, as Stanford University professor Antero Garcia observed while doing research at gaming cafés in the Midwest for his upcoming ethnography of D&D players. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 24 Jan. 2021 Most Americans first encountered a Leiris who had little to do with ethnography. Sasha Frere-jones, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2020 Culture Warlords is not truly a history or an ethnography or a memoir or even really a travelogue from racist site to racist site. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, 28 Oct. 2020 He doesn’t get trapped in shallow ethnography like Scorsese does. Armond White, National Review, 31 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of ethnography

1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ethnography

French ethnographie, from ethno- + -graphie -graphy

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“Ethnography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ethnography

: the study of human races and cultures


eth·​nog·​ra·​phy | \ eth-ˈnäg-rə-fē How to pronounce ethnography (audio) \
plural ethnographies

Medical Definition of ethnography

: the study and systematic recording of human cultures also : a descriptive work produced from such research

Other Words from ethnography

ethnographic \ ˌeth-​nə-​ˈgraf-​ik How to pronounce ethnography (audio) \ or ethnographical \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce ethnography (audio) \ adjective
ethnographically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ethnography (audio) \ adverb

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