Definition of ethnic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈeθnɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeθnɪk//
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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. See related entries: Race
  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/jewellery/cooking
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting a person not of the Christian or Jewish faith): via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek ethnikos ‘heathen’, from ethnos ‘nation’. Current senses date from the 19th cent.Extra examples The conference strongly condemned the practice of ethnic cleansing. The school has 70% of ethnic minority students. There are continuing ethnic tensions in the region. There has been an explosion in the popularity of ethnic crafts. There was a stall selling ethnic jewellery from Afghanistan. This region of Bulgaria has a large ethnic Turkish population. the rising popularity of ethnic foods
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