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ethnicity

[eth-nis-i-tee]
noun, plural ethnicities.
1.
ethnic traits, background, allegiance, or association.
2.
an ethnic group: Representatives of several ethnicities were present.

Origin:
1765–75, for earlier sense; ethnic + -ity

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ethnicity
1953, from ethnic + -ity.
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ethnicity [(eth-nis-uh-tee)]

Identity with or membership in a particular racial, national, or cultural group and observance of that group's customs, beliefs, and language.

Note: Many minority groups in the United States maintain strong ethnic identity; especially in cities, immigrants are often attracted to ethnic communities established by people from their own country, communities in which many traditional cultural features are maintained. (See melting pot.)
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