a branch of anthropology that analyzes cultures, especially in regard to their historical development and the similarities and dissimilarities between them.
(formerly) a branch of cultural anthropology dealing with the origin, distribution, and distinguishing characteristics of human societies.
- eth·no·log·i·cal [eth-nuh-loj-i-kuhl], /ˌɛθ nəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, eth·no·log·ic, adjective
- eth·no·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
- eth·nol·o·gist, noun
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How to use ethnology in a sentence
“Halet was always respected by the farmers,” said the Danish-German ethnologist Ulla Johansen.The Week in Death: The First Muslim Female Olympian Snubbed Adolf Hitler | The Telegraph | January 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A friend of mine, distinguished ethnologist, verified that; said he knew the tribe that made arrows of that pattern.A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson
He had for some years been deeply interested, as an ethnologist, in the tattooed marks of various races.The Mark Of Cain | Andrew Lang
The problems which the anthropologist and ethnologist attack are indeed of the highest degree of complexity.
The ethnologist finds his path strewn with endless difficulties of this nature, and yet he is not discouraged.
From the stand-point of the ethnologist, a more interesting situation than the one time developed could not possibly be devised.The Aztec Treasure-House | Thomas Allibone Janvier
British Dictionary definitions for ethnology
the branch of anthropology that deals with races and peoples, their relations to one another, their origins, and their distinctive characteristics
- ethnologic (ˌɛθnəˈlɒdʒɪk) or ethnological, adjective
- ethnologically, adverb
- ethnologist, noun
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Cultural definitions for ethnology
The study of contemporary cultures, in order to develop a theoretical framework for analyzing human society. Cultural anthropologists generally study societies by living among the people, observing, interviewing, and participating in their activities. More than simply describing the customs of these societies, anthropologists attempt to uncover underlying patterns and structures of cultural characteristics, such as language, mythology, gender roles, symbols (see also symbol), and rituals.
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