a combining form meaning ”race,” “people,” or “culture,” used in the formation of compound words: ethnography; ethnogenic.

Nearby words

  1. ethnic cleansing,
  2. ethnic minority,
  3. ethnical,
  4. ethnically,
  5. ethnicity,
  6. ethnoarchaeology,
  7. ethnoastronomy,
  8. ethnobiology,
  9. ethnobotany,
  10. ethnocentric

Origin of ethno-

< Greek, combining form of éthnos Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ethno-


combining form

indicating race, people, or cultureethnology

Word Origin for ethno-

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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