Date: 1300-1400
Language: Late Latin
Origin: ethnicus, from Greek ethnikos, from ethnos 'nation, people'


1 adjective
Related topics: Anthropology
eth‧nic1 W3
1SA relating to a particular race, nation, or tribe and their customs and traditions:
The school teaches pupils from different ethnic groups.
ethnic Russians in Estonia
ethnic violence/divisions/strife etc (=violence etc between people from different races or cultures)
ethnic background/origin
The students are from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.
plans to partition the republic along ethnic lines (=in a way that keeps different ethnic groups apart)

ethnic cooking/fashion/design etc

SAN cooking, fashion etc from countries that are far away, which seems very different and unusual:
ethnic music
Surinam is culturally and ethnically diverse.

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