ethnic

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From French ethnique, from Latin ethnicus ("pagan", "heathen"), from Ancient Greek ἐθνικός (ethnikós, of or for a nation, heathen), from ἔθνος (éthnos, a company", later "a people or nation, heathens).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɛθ.nɪk/
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Adjective[edit]

ethnic (comparative more ethnic, superlative most ethnic)

  1. Of or relating to a group of people having common racial, national, religious or cultural origins.
    There are many ethnic Indonesians in the Netherlands
  2. Belonging to a foreign culture.
    I like to eat ethnic food
  3. Representative of a folk or traditional mode of expression.
  4. (historical) Heathen, not Judeo-Christian-Muslim.

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Noun[edit]

ethnic (plural ethnics)

  1. An ethnic person, especially a foreigner or member of an immigrant community.
  2. An ethnic minority. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  3. (archaic) A heathen, a pagan.
  4. (in classical scholarship) the demonym of an Ancient Greek city
    • 2006. Cohen. The Hellenistic Settlements in Syria, the Red Sea Basin & North Africa, 151.
      "Coinage with the ethnic ΑΝΤΙΟΧΕΩΝ ΠΡΟΣ ΕΥΦΡΑΤΗΝ survives from the mid-second century A.D."

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