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[eth-nol-uh-jee] /ɛθˈnɒl ə dʒi/
a branch of anthropology that analyzes cultures, especially in regard to their historical development and the similarities and dissimilarities between them.
(formerly) a branch of anthropology dealing with the origin, distribution, and distinguishing characteristics of the races of humankind.
1835-45; ethno- + -logy
Related forms
[eth-nuh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌɛθ nəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
ethnologic, adjective
ethnologically, adverb
ethnologist, noun
nonethnologic, adjective
nonethnological, adjective
nonethnologically, adverb
unethnologic, adjective
unethnological, adjective
unethnologically, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for un ethnologic


the branch of anthropology that deals with races and peoples, their relations to one another, their origins, and their distinctive characteristics
Derived Forms
ethnologic (ˌɛθnəˈlɒdʒɪk), ethnological, adjective
ethnologically, adverb
ethnologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for un ethnologic



1842, from ethno- + -logy. Related: Ethnologist.

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un ethnologic in Culture
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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