Definitions for Ethnicˈɛθ nɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

eth•nicˈɛθ nɪk(adj.)

  1. pertaining to or characteristic of a people, esp. a group (eth′nic group′) sharing a common and distinctive culture, religion, language, etc.

    Category: Anthropology, Sociology

  2. being a member of an ethnic group, esp. a group that is a minority within a larger society:

    ethnic Chinese in San Francisco.

    Category: Anthropology, Sociology

  3. belonging to or deriving from the cultural traditions of a people or country:

    ethnic dances.

    Category: Anthropology, Sociology

  4. Obs. pagan; heathen.

  5. (n.)a member of an ethnic group.

    Category: Sociology, Anthropology

Origin of ethnic:

1325–75; ethnik heathen < LL ethnicus < Gk ethnikós. See ethno -, -ic


Princeton's WordNet

  1. ethnic(adj)

    a person who is a member of an ethnic group

  2. cultural, ethnic, ethnical(adj)

    denoting or deriving from or distinctive of the ways of living built up by a group of people

    "influenced by ethnic and cultural ties"- J.F.Kennedy; "ethnic food"

  3. heathen, heathenish, pagan, ethnic(adj)

    not acknowledging the God of Christianity and Judaism and Islam

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ethnic(adjective)ˈɛθ nɪk

    relating to sb's race and culture

    ethnic conflict; ethnic music/clothing


  1. ethnic(Noun)

    An ethnic person, notably said when a foreigner or member of an immigrant community

  2. ethnic(Noun)

    An ethnic minority

  3. ethnic(Noun)

    A heathen, a pagan

  4. ethnic(Adjective)

    Of or relating to a group of people having common racial, national, religious or cultural origins.

    There are many ethnic Indonesians in the Netherlands

  5. ethnic(Adjective)

    Belonging to a foreign culture.

    I like to eat ethnic food

  6. ethnic(Adjective)

    Heathen, not Judeo-Christian.

  7. Origin: From ethnique, from ethnicus ("pagan", "heathen"), from ἐθνικός, from ἔθνος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ethnic(adj)

    alt. of Ethnical

  2. Ethnic(noun)

    a heathen; a pagan

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Ethnic' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3961

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Ethnic' in Adjectives Frequency: #533

Translations for Ethnic

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


of nations or races of mankind or their customs, dress, food etc

ethnic groups/dances.

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