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  1. a branch of anthropology dealing with the scientific description of individual cultures.
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Origin of ethnography

First recorded in 1825–35; ethno- + -graphy
Related formseth·nog·ra·pher, nouneth·no·graph·ic [eth-nuh-graf-ik] /ˌɛθ nəˈgræf ɪk/, eth·no·graph·i·cal, adjectiveeth·no·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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  • Its skull now displays its beauties at the Ethnographic Museum at Rome.

    My Friends the Savages

    Giovanni Battista Cerruti

  • On Sundays, you see, it is at the same hour as the Ethnographic!

    Glimpses of Three Coasts

    Helen Hunt Jackson

  • Its inhabitants of to-day are difficult to class from an ethnographic point of view.

    The Human Race

    Louis Figuier

  • Kumliens remarks on this subject, as well as on other ethnographic subjects, are not trustworthy.

  • Already has Balbi, in his Ethnographic Atlas, given us a list of names and coincidences to an extent truly astonishing.

British Dictionary definitions for ethnographic


  1. the branch of anthropology that deals with the scientific description of individual human societies
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Derived Formsethnographer, nounethnographic (ˌɛθnəʊˈɡræfɪk) or ethnographical, adjectiveethnographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ethnographic



1834, perhaps from German Ethnographie; see ethno- + -graphy "the study of." Related: Ethnographer; ethnographic.

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ethnographic in Science


  1. The branch of anthropology that deals with the scientific description of specific human cultures.
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