ethnic

[eth-nik]
adjective
1.
pertaining to or characteristic of a people, especially a group (ethnic group) sharing a common and distinctive culture, religion, language, or the like.
2.
referring to the origin, classification, characteristics, etc., of such groups.
3.
being a member of an ethnic group, especially of a group that is a minority within a larger society: ethnic Chinese in San Francisco.
4.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of members of such a group.
5.
belonging to or deriving from the cultural, racial, religious, or linguistic traditions of a people or country: ethnic dances.
6.
Obsolete. pagan; heathen.
noun
7.
a member of an ethnic group.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English ethnik heathen < Late Latin ethnicus < Greek ethnikós. See ethno-, -ic

ethnically, adverb
interethnic, adjective


1. native, national, indigenous; cultural, racial.
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ethnic or ethnical (ˈɛθnɪk)
 
adj
1.  relating to or characteristic of a human group having racial, religious, linguistic, and certain other traits in common
2.  relating to the classification of mankind into groups, esp on the basis of racial characteristics
3.  denoting or deriving from the cultural traditions of a group of people: the ethnic dances of Slovakia
4.  characteristic of another culture: the ethnic look; ethnic food
 
n
5.  chiefly (US), (Austral) a member of an ethnic group, esp a minority group
 
[C14 (in the senses: heathen, Gentile): from Late Latin ethnicus, from Greek ethnikos, from ethnos race]
 
usage  Referring to a person as an ethnic is broadly acceptable in the US, Australia and Canada, but could well cause offence in the UK and elsewhere
 
ethnical or ethnical
 
adj
 
n
 
[C14 (in the senses: heathen, Gentile): from Late Latin ethnicus, from Greek ethnikos, from ethnos race]
 
usage  Referring to a person as an ethnic is broadly acceptable in the US, Australia and Canada, but could well cause offence in the UK and elsewhere
 
'ethnically or ethnical
 
adv
 
ethnicity or ethnical
 
n

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ethnic
late 14c., from Scottish, "heathen, pagan," and having that sense first in English, from Gk. ta ethne, used in Septuagint translation to render Heb. goyim, pl. of goy "nation," especially of non-Israelites, hence "Gentile nation." Ta ethne is from Gk. ethnos "band of people living together, nation,
people," prop. people of one's own kind, from PIE *swedh-no-, suffixed form of base *s(w)e- (see idiom). Sense of "peculiar to a race or nation" is 1851, return to the word's original meaning; that of "different cultural groups" is 1935; and that of "racial, cultural or national minority group" is Amer.Eng. 1945; ethnic cleansing is attested from 1991.
"Although the term 'ethnic cleansing' has come into English usage only recently, its verbal correlates in Czech, French, German, and Polish go back much further." [Jerry Z. Muller, "Us and Them: The Enduring Power of Ethnic Nationalism," Foreign Affairs, March/April 2008]
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Example sentences for ethnic
As with their language, the basques are clearly a distinct ethnic group in
  their region.
As a tactic, ethnic cleansing has a number of significant impact.
Types of bias ethnic or racial bias, including racism, nationalism.
Ethnic crossovers also occur when distinct elements meet in a single recipe.
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