What does ethnic mean?

Definitions for ethnic
ˈɛθ nɪketh·nic

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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

How to pronounce ethnic?

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How to say ethnic in sign language?

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  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

Examples of ethnic in a Sentence

  1. Nsengiyumva Pierre Claver:

    There is a very great risk of ethnic conflict.

  2. Ernest Bromley:

    Last year, I think O'Rourke could have done much better with ethnic voters.

  3. Shiv Vishvanathan:

    Religious communities, ethnic groups, historical figures are all off-limits.

  4. Anselme Nsabimana:

    The gunmen are composed of all ethnic groups and are from different provinces of Burundi.

  5. Min Thein:

    In Myanmar, Rohingya is not considered as an ethnic (race) according to our history books.

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