ethnology

[eth-nol-uh-jee]
noun
1.
a branch of anthropology that analyzes cultures, especially in regard to their historical development and the similarities and dissimilarities between them.
2.
(formerly) a branch of anthropology dealing with the origin, distribution, and distinguishing characteristics of the races of humankind.

Origin:
1835–45; ethno- + -logy

ethnological [eth-nuh-loj-i-kuhl] , ethnologic, adjective
ethnologically, adverb
ethnologist, noun
nonethnologic, adjective
nonethnological, adjective
nonethnologically, adverb
unethnologic, adjective
unethnological, adjective
unethnologically, adverb
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ethnology (ɛθˈnɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
the branch of anthropology that deals with races and peoples, their relations to one another, their origins, and their distinctive characteristics
 
ethnologic
 
adj
 
ethno'logical
 
adj
 
ethno'logically
 
adv
 
eth'nologist
 
n

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ethnology
1842, from ethno- + -logy. Related: Ethnologist.
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Cultural Dictionary
ethnology [(eth-nol-uh-jee)]

The study of contemporary cultures, in order to develop a theoretical framework for analyzing human society. Cultural anthropologists generally study societies by living among the people, observing, interviewing, and participating in their activities. More than simply describing the customs of these societies, anthropologists attempt to uncover underlying patterns and structures of cultural characteristics, such as language, mythology, gender roles, symbols, and rituals.

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