eth·​nic·​i·​ty eth-ˈni-sə-tē How to pronounce ethnicity (audio)
plural ethnicities
: ethnic quality or affiliation
aspects of ethnicity
: a particular ethnic affiliation or group
students of diverse ethnicities

Example Sentences

a university with a student body of diverse ethnicities
Recent Examples on the Web Experts also often consider race and ethnicity another major factor, in part because of structural inequalities facing people of color that may place access to quality affordable education out of reach, for example. Robert Samuels, Fortune, 25 May 2023 At a press briefing on Tuesday, CDC officials conceded that, while major gaps persist, at least some improvement in PrEP coverage was seen across all races and ethnicities. Ambar Castillo, STAT, 23 May 2023 The agency said early results are positive and have shown no discernable difference in the algorithm’s ability to recognize passengers based on things like age, gender, race and ethnicity. Rebecca Santana And Rick Gentilo,, 16 May 2023 Eto’s lofty position in the Chicago underworld was unusual for an outsider, but the syndicate had always been more farsighted than other crime families in promoting gangsters of other ethnicities. Peter Rubin, Longreads, 12 May 2023 The second condition was when the same students were in grades taught by teachers whose race or ethnicity differed. Paul L. Morgan And Eric Hengyu Yu, USA TODAY, 8 May 2023 The unemployment rate is below 5 percent across demographics Share of the labor force that is unemployed, by race and ethnicity Note: Data is seasonally adjusted. Lydia Depillis, New York Times, 5 May 2023 That could come in many forms, such as preventing applicants from being able to check a box for their race or ethnicity on college applications. Ira Porter, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Apr. 2023 And the people interviewed in this story agree that race or ethnicity shouldn’t dictate who someone could be in a relationship with. Jillian Hernandez,, 13 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ethnicity was in 1920

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“Ethnicity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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