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

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

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The tower is in the North Kensington neighborhood, a working-class, multiethnic area next to some of the richest neighborhoods in Britain. Washington Post, "Building materials helped spread Grenfell fire, US suit says," 11 June 2019 It is not taken for granted as constitutive of a multiethnic democracy, but treated as a kind of add-on, an extra feature. David Roberts, Vox, "American white people really hate being called “white people”," 26 July 2018 Though some of these marriages have ended in divorce, more than 5 percent of the children born in South Korea are now multiethnic. Brook Larmer, New York Times, "South Korea’s Most Dangerous Enemy: Demographics," 20 Feb. 2018 The party of Lincoln is now overwhelmingly white, while Democrats have a much more multiethnic coalition that represents the direction the country’s demographics are heading. Isaac Stanley-becker, The Seattle Times, "Republicans keep control of the Senate; Democrats claim House majority," 7 Nov. 2018 Haaland, 57, also pulled together a multiethnic coalition that sought to work outside the usual white and Hispanic powerbrokers. Russell Contreras, The Christian Science Monitor, "New Mexico steps closer to electing first-ever Native American congresswoman," 7 June 2018 To this day, the Chinese governing elite is multiethnic, with each of these major language groups more or less equally represented at the highest level. Nikita Lalwani, Washington Post, "When is nationalism a good thing? When it unites an ethnically diverse citizenry," 26 June 2018 There is room for all at The Elbow Room, a small neighborhood pub in the multilingual, multiethnic goulash that is north London. Liz Clarke,, "In England, a nation conditioned to World Cup failure is starting to believe," 8 July 2018 Among the remaining favorites in the World Cup are the multiethnic squads of France and Belgium, teeming with talent pulled from poorer suburbs populated by immigrants and minorities. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The World Cup is a celebration of cosmopolitanism, until it isn’t," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of multiethnic

1941, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of multiethnic

: relating to or including people from many ethnic groups

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