- pertaining to or characteristic of a people, especially a group (ethnic group) sharing a common and distinctive culture, religion, language, or the like.
- referring to the origin, classification, characteristics, etc., of such groups.
- being a member of an ethnic group, especially of a group that is a minority within a larger society: ethnic Chinese in San Francisco.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of members of such a group.
- belonging to or deriving from the cultural, religious, or linguistic traditions of a people or country: ethnic dances.
- (of a human being) displaying characteristics, as in physical appearance, language, or accent, that can cause one to be identified by others as a member of a minority ethnic group: Her new boyfriend looks ethnic to me.
- Obsolete. pagan; heathen.
- a member of an ethnic group.
Origin of ethnic
Synonyms for ethnic
Examples from the Web for ethnically
Contemporary Examples of ethnically
But what is it like to be the embodiment of that, as an ethnically ambiguous individual?What It's Like To Be Ambiguously Ethnic
The Daily Beast Video
November 24, 2014
It has also become, by some measurements, the most ethnically diverse (PDF) region in the country.Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay
October 5, 2014
Adding insult to injury for these ethnically distinct residents, discrimination and racism are rife on a daily basis.Hong Kong Demonstrators Reject Racism
October 2, 2014
WARNING: This column contains racially and ethnically offensive words and phrases.The ‘Tennessee Crackers’ Would Have Never Happened
November 30, 2013
Politically, ethnically, religiously—David is central to the story Jews and Christians tell about themselves.The King David You Never Knew
October 27, 2013
Historical Examples of ethnically
If the town were ethnically in contact with Italy we would recognize the right of the majority.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2
Despite this, the Lesghian peoples, with the exception of the Udi and Kubatschi, are held to be ethnically identical.
Ethnically they are related to the Crees, but they have always been difficult to approach.
By allegiance a Bohemian is an Austrian subject, ethnically he belongs to the country of his birth—Bohemia.
They speak a Tatar language, but some authorities think that they are ethnically a Finnish tribe transformed by Tatar influence.
- 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
- mainly US and Australian a member of an ethnic group, esp a minority group
Word Origin for ethnic
Word Origin and History for ethnically
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]