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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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British Dictionary definitions for ethnography


  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 ethnography


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

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ethnography in Science


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