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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 ethnography
  • Agnes has made a valuable contribution to Indian ethnography.
  • Characters recur, a story begins to emerge, and the work unfurls into a profound exploration that touches on ethnography.
  • I've seen outstanding dissertations based on case studies whose authors use ethnography and/or interviews creatively.
  • ethnography studies people in natural surroundings to develop theories about behaviors and culture.
  • The collection is divided into four categories: archeology, fine arts, ethnography and bull fighting.
  • His argument is that ethnography introduces law and order into what otherwise seems chaotic and freakish.
  • ethnography is a qualitative methodology arising from the growing movement away from positivism.
  • These short reports address technical, methodological, and substantive issues in public archeology and ethnography.
  • Today ethnography continues to dominate sociocultural anthropology.
British Dictionary definitions for ethnography


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 ethnography

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

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