- a combining form meaning ”race,” “people,” or “culture,” used in the formation of compound words: ethnography; ethnogenic.
Origin of ethno-
< Greek, combining form of éthnos
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- indicating race, people, or cultureethnology
via French from Greek ethnos race
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Word Origin and History for ethno-
word-forming element meaning "race, culture," from Greek ethnos "people, nation, class, caste, tribe; a number of people accustomed to live together" (see ethnic). Used to form modern compounds in the social sciences.
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