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



BrE BrE//ˈeθnɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈeθnɪk//
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(especially North American English) a person from an ethnic minority states where there are a large number of ethnics 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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ethnic