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[eth-nog-ruh-fee] /ɛθˈnɒg rə fi/
a branch of anthropology dealing with the scientific description of individual cultures.
Origin of ethnography
1825-35; ethno- + -graphy
Related forms
ethnographer, noun
[eth-nuh-graf-ik] /ˌɛθ nəˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
ethnographical, adjective
ethnographically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ethnographic
  • She enjoyed no place more than an ethnographic museum with a terrific collection.
  • But accounts rich with ethnographic detail rather than literary reach or lurid indulgence have been few.
  • She put together a database of ethnographic and cultural details for field commanders.
  • And before some of you claim that is silly and impossible, look at the ethnographic record and comparative calendric systems.
  • The film's observations of this primitive, largely illiterate society are of obvious ethnographic interest.
  • Viewed in terms of the ethnographic spectrum, many societies prefer moderate statures, or even small statures.
  • Past ethnographic research faces a different methodological hurdle.
  • However, from the scenic and ethnographic standpoints the film is often quite arresting.
British Dictionary definitions for ethnographic


the branch of anthropology that deals with the scientific description of individual human societies
Derived Forms
ethnographer, noun
ethnographic (ˌɛθnəʊˈɡræfɪk), ethnographical, adjective
ethnographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ethnographic



1834, perhaps from German Ethnographie; see ethno- + -graphy "the study of." Related: Ethnographer; ethnographic.

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ethnographic in Science
The branch of anthropology that deals with the scientific description of specific human cultures.
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