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[eth-nis-i-tee] /ɛθˈnɪs ɪ ti/
noun, plural ethnicities.
an ethnic group; a social group that shares a common and distinctive culture, religion, language, or the like:
Representatives of several ethnicities were present.
ethnic traits, background, allegiance, or association:
The graph shows class enrollment by gender and ethnicity.
Origin of ethnicity
1765-75, for earlier sense; ethnic + -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for ethnicity
  • The targeting of an individual because of their race or ethnicity.
  • It is important to note, however, that language and ethnicity are not the same.
  • The chadian government has avoided official recognition of ethnicity.
  • Nationalist politics and everyday ethnicity in a transylvanian town.
Word Origin and History for ethnicity

"ethnic character," 1953, from ethnic + -ity. Earlier it meant "paganism" (1772).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ethnicity in Culture
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.)
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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