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

Examples of ethnography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He doesn’t get trapped in shallow ethnography like Scorsese does. Armond White, National Review, "The Traitor Reimagines the Gangster Film and Modern Morality," 31 Jan. 2020 The mammoth building exhibits a smorgasbord of natural history and ethnography in a prime corner near Hyde Park. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Museums in Sydney," 23 Mar. 2018 On entering, you’ll be given a pair of white gloves to wear while browsing—and there’s everything from ethnographies of Swedish design to Ren Hang photobooks on offer. Laura Bannister, Vogue, "Where to Go in Riga, Latvia, the New Arts Hub of the Baltic," 17 June 2018 Margaret began her master’s degree in ethnology and museum ethnography at Oxford and decided to stay and pursue her doctorate in cultural anthropology. M.a.c. Lynch,, "Love Story: African Decathlete and American Rower On Love Safari," 10 June 2018 Memoir, elegy, folklore, ethnography, history, beat narrative? Brett Martin, Outside Online, "Katie Lee, Our Lady of Glen Canyon," 24 May 2018 In 2002, a team of researchers led by the sociologist Carlos Serra undertook an ethnography of an even more destructive wave of cholera violence that swept across Mozambique in 1998–99. Longreads, "Where Have You Hidden the Cholera?," 5 Apr. 2018 Men and Apparitions’ final hundred pages takes the clunky form of Zeke’s ethnography, Men In Quotes. Michael Friedrich, The New Republic, "Men and Apparitions Dissects A Male Feminist’s Crisis," 9 Apr. 2018 Using Iñupiat oral histories and ethnographies recorded in the 19th and 20th centuries, Hill now knows that this and other iktuġat were meant to be placed in a boat with the likeness of the whale facing down, toward the ocean. Krista Langlois, Smithsonian, "Why Scientists Are Starting to Care About Cultures Who Talk to Whales," 6 Apr. 2018

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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 25 Oct. 2020.

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

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