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.
- eth·ni·cal·ly, adverb
- in·ter·eth·nic, adjective
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How to use ethnic in a sentence
“It is a combination of ethnics, extreme leftists, and misguided people,” he said.
Rather, the Democrats got more liberal, on crime and bussing, and the white ethnics who felt victimized by these policies fled.
Later writers have expressed divergent views regarding the ethnics of the British Isles.Ancient Man in Britain | Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
The which when both Christians and Ethnics beheld, every one applied to his proper religion.Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions | T. W. Doane
British Dictionary definitions for ethnic
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 people: the ethnic dances of Slovakia
characteristic of another culture: the ethnic look; ethnic food
mainly US and Australian a member of an ethnic group, esp a minority group
- ethnically, adverb
- ethnicity (ɛθˈnɪsɪtɪ), noun
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