mul·​ti·​eth·​nic | \-ˈeth-nik \

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 \ -​ˌeth-​ˈni-​sə-​tē \ noun

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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 The change has broad implications for identity and for the country's political and economic life, transforming a mostly white baby boomer society into a multiethnic and racial patchwork. Author: Sabrina Tavernise, Anchorage Daily News, "Fewer births than deaths among whites in majority of U.S. states," 21 June 2018 The change has broad implications for identity and for the country’s political and economic life, transforming a mostly white baby boomer society into a multiethnic and racial patchwork. Sabrina Tavernise,, "Fewer births than deaths among whites in majority of US states," 20 June 2018 Initially, Wehrey notes, Western analysts did not believe Libya — almost entirely Sunni Muslim — to be as fractious as the multiethnic communities of Syria or Iraq. Dexter Filkins, New York Times, "Why Libya Continues to Burn," 18 May 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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