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ethnic

noun

adjective

  1. (social)  denoting, deriving from, or distinctive of the ways of living built up by a group of people
    Synonyms: cultural, ethnical. Similar to: social
  2. (irreligious)  not acknowledging the God of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
    Synonyms: heathen, heathenish, pagan. Similar to: irreligious

Etymology summary

Scottish, "heathen, pagan", and having that sense first in English; as an...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Ethnic group | Ethnicity

a socially defined category based on common culture or nationality. Ethnicity can, but does not have to, include common ancestry, appearance, cuisine, dressing style, heritage, history, language or dialect, religion, symbols, traditions, or other... (34 of 6312 words, 4 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Ethnic group

Collins Dictionary:

ethnic | ethnical | ethnically [adverb, derived]

relating to or characteristic of a human group having racial, religious, linguistic, and certain other traits in common | relating to the ... (21 of 547 words, 5 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ethnic

American Heritage Dictionary:

ethnic

Of, relating to, or characteristic of a sizable group of people sharing a ... | Being a member of a particular ethnic group, especially belonging to a ... (26 of 283 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ethnic

Oxford Dictionary:

ethnic | ethnically [derived]

relating to a population subgroup (within a larger or dominant national or cultural group) with a common national or cultural tradition | relating to ... (23 of 205 words, 7 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ethnic

Merriam-Webster:

ethnic [entry 1, adjective] | heathen [synonym, sense-specific] | racial [synonym, sense-specific] | ethnical [synonym, sense-specific] | tribal [synonym, sense-specific] | nonracial [antonym, sense-specific] | familial [similar, sense-specific] | folk [similar, sense-specific] | kin [similar, sense-specific] | ...

"heathen" | of or relating to large groups of people classed according to common racial, national, tribal, religious, linguistic, or cultural origin ... (21 of 145 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ethnic

ethnic [entry 2, noun]

a member of an ethnic group ; especially, a member of a minority group who retains the customs, language, or social views of the group (25 of 47 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ethnic show=1

Random House Dictionary:

ethnic

pertaining to or characteristic of a people, especially a group (ethnic ... | referring to the origin, classification, characteristics, etc., of such ... (21 of 107 words, 7 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/ethnic

Wiktionary:

ethnic | ethnics [plural] | ethnick [obsolete, sense-specific] | exotic [synonym, sense-specific] | pagan [synonym, sense-specific] | gentile [synonym, sense-specific]

Of or relating to a group of people having common racial, national, religious or cultural origins. | Belonging to a foreign culture. | [historical] Heathen, not Judeo-Christian. | An ethnic person, notably said when a foreigner or member of an... (37 of 95 words, 7 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ethnic

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ethnic | ethnically [adverb, related]

relating to a group of people who have the same culture and traditions ; used for referring to people from a particular ethnic group, when they live ... (27 of 90 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ethnic

ethnic [countable, United States, noun] | ethnics [plural]

someone who belongs to an ethnic group that lives somewhere where most people are from a different race or country (20 of 47 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ethnic 9

New World Dictionary:

ethnic | ethnical [sense-specific] | ethnically [adverb, related]

[rare] heathen | designating or of a population subgroup having a common cultural heritage or nationality, as distinguished by customs, ... (19 of 85 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ethnic

Cambridge Dictionary:

ethnic [entry 1] | ethnically [adverb, derived] | ethnicity [noun, formal, derived]

of a national or racial group of people | from a different race, or interesting because characteristic of an ethnic group which is very different from ... (25 of 84 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ethnic 1

ethnic [entry 2, United States]

a person belonging to an ethnic group (7 of 13 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ethnic 2

Encarta Dictionary:

ethnic | ethnics [plural]

sharing distinctive cultural traits as a group in society | relating to a group or groups in society with distinctive cultural traits | relating to a ... (24 of 131 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861609288​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

ethnic

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Scottish, "heathen, pagan", and having that sense first in English; as an adjective from late 15th century from Latin ethnicus, Greek ... (24 of 152 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=ethnic

New World Dictionary:

ethnic

Origin: Middle English ethnik from ecclesiastical Late Latin ethnicus, pagan from Greek ethnikos, national (in Late GreekEc, gentile, ... (17 of 37 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ethnic

Oxford Dictionary:

ethnic

Origin: late Middle English (denoting a person not of the Christian or Jewish faith): via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek ethnikos "heathen", from ... (21 of 30 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ethnic

Wiktionary:

ethnic | ethnics [plural]

Origin: French ethnique, from Latin ethnicus ("pagan", "heathen"), from Ancient Greek ἐθνικός (ethnikos, "of or for a nation, heathen"), from ἔθνος (ethnos, "a company", later "a people or nation,... (28 of 29 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ethnic

American Heritage Dictionary:

ethnic

Origin: Middle English, heathen, from Late Latin ethnicus, from Greek ethnikos, from ethnos, people, nation; see swe- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ethnic

Collins Dictionary:

ethnic | ethnical

First use: 14th century

Origin: (in the senses: heathen, Gentile): from Late Latin ethnicus, from Greek ethnikos, from ethnos race

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ethnic

Merriam-Webster:

ethnic [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Late Latin ethnicus, from Greek ethnikos national, gentile, from ethnos nation, people; akin to Greek ēthos custom

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ethnic

Encarta Dictionary:

ethnic | ethnics [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: late Latin, "heathen" from Greek ethnikos from ethnos "people, nation" from Indo-European, "self"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861609288​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

ethnic | ethnical

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "ethnic"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "ethnic"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

ethnic

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ethnic"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/ethnic

ethnic [countable, noun] | ethnics [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ethnic"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

ethnic

Audio: British English pronunciation of "ethnic"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ethnic

ethnic [countable, United States, noun] | ethnics [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "ethnic"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

ethnic [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "ethnic"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "ethnic"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ethnic 1

the Free Dictionary:

ethnic

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "ethnic"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "ethnic"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "ethnic" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

ethnic | ethnics [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "ethnic"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

ethnic

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ethnic"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=ethnic​01 word=ethnic

YourDictionary Audio:

ethnic

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ethnic" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ethnic

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