Origin of ethnic
Examples from the Web for ethnic
But a 2011 study of genetic evidence from 30 ethnic groups in India disproved this theory.
He proposed among other things that police departments must better reflect the ethnic makeup of the populace.
Army officials also allege that he worked for ethnic rebels as a “communications captain.”Hope and Change? Burma Kills a Journalist Before Obama Arrives|Joshua Carroll|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What seemed to be an old political rivalry took on ethnic overtones, with the very survival of entire communities now at stake.
Of course, not all ethnic minorities agree with the demonstrators.
As ethnic religions, they shared the fortunes of the race or nation with which they were associated.Ten Great Religions|James Freeman Clarke
It does not appear that he sufficiently allows for ethnic influence in decorative art.Evolution in Art|Alfred C. Haddon
They are the art remains of a population whose name, age, and ethnic affinities are totally unknown.Spain|Wentworth Webster
During the long period of Turkish rule they provided sanctuaries for the preservation of ethnic identity.Area Handbook for Albania|Eugene K. Keefe
We have members from virtually every racial, ethnic, and religious background.
British Dictionary definitions for ethnic
Word Origin for ethnic
Word Origin and History for ethnic
late 14c., Scottish, "heathen, pagan," and having that sense first in English; as an adj. from late 15c. from Latin ethnicus, Greek ethnikos, from ethnos "band of people living together, nation, people," properly "people of one's own kind," from PIE *swedh-no-, suffixed form of root *s(w)e- (see idiom).
In Septuagint, Greek ta ethne translates Hebrew goyim, plural of goy "nation," especially of non-Israelites, hence "Gentile nation" (see goy). Sense of "peculiar to a race or nation" is attested from 1851, a return to the word's original meaning; that of "different cultural groups" is 1935; and that of "racial, cultural or national minority group" is American English 1945; ethnic cleansing is attested from 1991.
Although the term 'ethnic cleansing' has come into English usage only recently, its verbal correlates in Czech, French, German, and Polish go back much further. [Jerry Z. Muller, "Us and Them: The Enduring Power of Ethnic Nationalism," Foreign Affairs, March/April 2008]