What does Ethnic mean?

Definitions for Ethnicˈɛθ nɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Ethnic.

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


  1. Ethnic(n.)

    a member of an ethnic group.


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ethnic

    -al, eth′nik, -al, adj. concerning nations or races: pertaining to the heathen.—ns. Eth′nic, a heathen; Eth′nicism, heathenism; Ethnog′rapher.—adj. Ethnograph′ic.—n. Ethnog′raphy, the scientific description of the races of the earth.—adj. Ethnolog′ical.—adv. Ethnolog′ically.—ns. Ethnol′ogist; Ethnol′ogy, the science that treats of the varieties of the human race. [L.,—Gr. ethnos, a nation; Gr. graphē, writing, logia, discourse.]

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ethnic in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ethnic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Aung Kyaw Htwe:

    Before the ceasefire, we had no systematic quality healthcare in this area, we're negotiating with the ethnic groups. They're very important stakeholders.

  2. Qin Gang:

    Opposing the splitting of the country, maintaining its unity and territorial integrity and ethnic unity, is the resolute consensus of the whole Chinese nation.

  3. Xu Hairong:

    Some waver on clear cut issues of opposing ethnic division and safeguarding ethnic and national unity, and even support participating in violent terrorist acts.

  4. Suu Kyi:

    We chose T Khun Myat ... because the USDP is the second-largest party in the chamber. We went for someone from the USDP who is also an ethnic lawmaker. We want to include ethnic people because they represent the union.

  5. Conrad Nowak:

    Believe me, if there was anything to this Ukraine red herring, we would’ve heard about it a long time ago, chalupa was nothing more than an individual involved in ethnic relations, not unlike countless other ethnic and heritage communities throughout the United States.

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