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Definition of ethnic adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1connected with or belonging to a nation, race, or people that shares a cultural tradition ethnic groups/communities ethnic strife/tensions/violence (= between people from different races or peoples) ethnic Albanians living in Germany The country is divided along ethnic lines.
  2. 2typical of a country or culture that is very different from modern Western culture and therefore interesting for people in Western countries ethnic clothes/jewelry/cooking
  3. NAmE//ˈɛθnɪkli//
    adverb an ethnically divided region
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: ethnic