mul·​ti·​eth·​nic | \ ˌməl-tē-ˈeth-nik How to pronounce multiethnic (audio) , -ˌtī- \

Definition of multiethnic

: made up of people of various ethnicities a multiethnic country also : of, relating to, reflecting, or adapted to diverse ethnicities multiethnic literature

Other Words from multiethnic

multiethnicity \ ˌməl-​tē-​ˌeth-​ˈni-​sə-​tē How to pronounce multiethnic (audio) , -​ˌtī-​ \ noun

Examples of multiethnic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How multiethnic and multi-faith has the protest movement been? Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 22 July 2022 Meta reported that Black, Hispanic, and multiethnic employees comprised 15.6% of all workers as of June, up from 14.8% last year. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 19 July 2022 The demise of One World — one of big publishing’s first multiethnic literary imprints — felt especially painful. New York Times, 22 June 2022 Bosnia and Herzegovina — a multiethnic state mostly made up of Croats, Bosniaks and Serbs — pulled out of the rump Yugoslavia, leaving behind only Serbia and Montenegro, in 1992. New York Times, 14 June 2022 Just days after the armistice was signed on November 11, 1918, Polish soldiers arrived in Lviv, a multiethnic city with significant Polish and Jewish populations, and a Ukrainian minority amounting to just under 20 percent, to claim it for Poland. Magda Teter, The New York Review of Books, 25 May 2022 Connecticut’s shoreline is instead seen as a multiethnic hub that offers researchers and entrepreneurs a rare opportunity to market the region as singularly effective in medical and pharmaceutical research and testing. Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant, 23 May 2022 The success of chefs like Wong, Roy Yamaguchi, and Sam Choy inspired a new generation of chefs—including Hirata—to embrace the islands’ fresh ingredients, as well as its multiethnic background. Rachel Ng, Bon Appétit, 19 May 2022 The human story being everyone’s story, Jewison enlisted multiethnic talents to transfer the project’s essence — an idea of survival inspired by a Marc Chagall 1923 painting, Green Violinist. Armond White, National Review, 13 May 2022 See More

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Multiethnic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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