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ethnic

[ eth-nik ]
/ ˈɛθ nɪk /
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adjective

noun

a member of an ethnic group.

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Origin of ethnic

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English ethnik “heathen,” from Late Latin ethnicus, from Greek ethnikós; see ethno-, -ic
eth·ni·cal·ly, adverbin·ter·eth·nic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ethnic

ethnic

ethnical

/ (ˈɛθnɪk) /

adjective

relating to or characteristic of a human group having racial, religious, linguistic, and certain other traits in common
relating to the classification of mankind into groups, esp on the basis of racial characteristics
denoting or deriving from the cultural traditions of a group of peoplethe ethnic dances of Slovakia
characteristic of another culturethe ethnic look; ethnic food

noun

mainly US and Australian a member of an ethnic group, esp a minority group
ethnically, adverbethnicity (ɛθˈnɪsɪtɪ), noun
C14 (in the senses: heathen, Gentile): from Late Latin ethnicus, from Greek ethnikos, from ethnos race
Referring to a person as an ethnic is broadly acceptable in the US, Australia and Canada, but could well cause offence in the UK and elsewhere
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