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In the middle of the night, when you're ambiguously ethnic, like me, when you're brown, beige, mauve, siena, one of those lighter browns in the Crayola box. You have to be careful of the cops and robbers, because nobody's quite sure what you are, but everybody has assumptions.
Sherman Alexie

Meaning of "ethnic" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD ETHNIC

(In the senses: heathen, Gentile): from Late Latin ethnicus, from Greek ethnikos, from ethnos race.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF ETHNIC

ethnic  [ˈɛθnɪk] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF ETHNIC

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Ethnic can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES ETHNIC MEAN IN ENGLISH?

ethnic

Ethnic group

An ethnicity, or ethnic group, is a social group of people who identify with each other based on common ancestral, social, cultural, or national experience. Membership of an ethnic group tends to be associated with shared cultural heritage, ancestry, history, homeland, language, or ideology, and with symbolic systems such as religion, mythology and ritual, cuisine, dressing style, physical appearance, etc. The largest ethnic groups in modern times can comprise hundreds of millions of individuals and the smallest can be limited to a few dozen individuals. Larger ethnic groups may be organized into smaller sub-ethnic groups known as tribes, which over time may become separate ethnic groups themselves; ethnic groups derived from the same historical founder population often continue to speak related languages and may be considered to be ethno-linguistic groups.

Definition of ethnic in the English dictionary

The first definition of ethnic in the dictionary is relating to or characteristic of a human group having racial, religious, linguistic, and certain other traits in common. Other definition of ethnic is relating to the classification of mankind into groups, esp on the basis of racial characteristics. Ethnic is also denoting or deriving from the cultural traditions of a group of people.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH ETHNIC


chronic
ˈkrɒnɪk
clinic
ˈklɪnɪk
Dominic
ˈdɒmɪnɪk
electronic
ɪlɛkˈtrɒnɪk
Hispanic
hɪˈspænɪk
iconic
aɪˈkɒnɪk
interethnic
ˌɪntərˈɛθnɪk
mechanic
mɪˈkænɪk
multiethnic
ˌmʌltɪˈɛθnɪk
Munich
ˈmjuːnɪk
nick
nɪk
nonethnic
ˌnɒnˈɛθnɪk
organic
ɔːˈɡænɪk
panic
ˈpænɪk
picnic
ˈpɪknɪk
polytechnic
ˌpɒlɪˈtɛknɪk
scenic
ˈsiːnɪk
sonic
ˈsɒnɪk
titanic
taɪˈtænɪk
tonic
ˈtɒnɪk

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE ETHNIC

ethnarch
ethnarchy
ethnic cleansing
ethnic minority
ethnical
ethnically
ethnicism
ethnicity
ethnobiology
ethnobotanical
ethnobotanist
ethnobotany
ethnocentric
ethnocentrically
ethnocentricity
ethnocentrism
ethnocide
ethnogenic
ethnogenist
ethnogeny

WORDS THAT END LIKE ETHNIC

asplanchnic
atechnic
geotechnic
microtechnic
Mishnic
mnemotechnic
pyrotechnic
splanchnic
strychnic
technic
theotechnic
zymotechnic

Synonyms and antonyms of ethnic in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «ETHNIC»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «ethnic» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of ethnic

Translation of «ethnic» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF ETHNIC

Find out the translation of ethnic to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of ethnic from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «ethnic» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

种族的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

étnico
570 millions of speakers

English

ethnic
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

जातीय
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

عِرْقِيّ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

этнический
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

étnico
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

জাতিগত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

ethnique
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Etnik
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

ethnisch
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

民族の
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

인종의
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Etnik
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

thuộc sắc tộc
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

இன
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

पारंपारीक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

etnik
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

etnico
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

etyczny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

етнічний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

etnic
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

εθνικός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

etniese
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

etnisk
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

etnisk
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of ethnic

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «ETHNIC»

The term «ethnic» is very widely used and occupies the 7.836 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «ETHNIC» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «ethnic» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «ethnic» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about ethnic

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10 QUOTES WITH «ETHNIC»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word ethnic.
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Casey Abrams
I love making music, I love composing on my computer, just making crazy ethnic slack orchestral tracks, that's one of my fun things.
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Bashar al-Assad
Despite the ethnic diversity within each nation, the social fabric of the region by and large is one.
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Sherman Alexie
In the middle of the night, when you're ambiguously ethnic, like me, when you're brown, beige, mauve, siena, one of those lighter browns in the Crayola box. You have to be careful of the cops and robbers, because nobody's quite sure what you are, but everybody has assumptions.
4
Darren Aronofsky
Casting ethnic characters is a very hard thing to do, but it's important. It's also interesting.
5
Arthur Ashe
My potential is more than can be expressed within the bounds of my race or ethnic identity.
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Antony Beevor
When we dwell on the enormity of the Second World War and its victims, we try to absorb all those statistics of national and ethnic tragedy. But, as a result, there is a tendency to overlook the way the war changed even the survivors' lives in ways impossible to predict.
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Aloe Blacc
People in the Middle East may consider the U.S. an evil hegemony that has tainted their culture, but when I look at the growth of racial and ethnic tolerance and understanding in my generation in the U.S., and see those sentiments make it around the world, it makes me feel proud.
8
Henry Bonilla
The harshness and choice of words can cut deeply. Republicans need to show compassion and to be reasonable when talking to any ethnic group.
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Aristide Briand
The European organisation contemplated could not oppose any ethnic group, on other continents or in Europe itself, outside of the League of Nations, any more than it could oppose the League of Nations.
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Poppy Z. Brite
Mostly I enjoy the restaurants (my husband is a chef), though I wish we had a wider diversity of ethnic food.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «ETHNIC»

Discover the use of ethnic in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to ethnic and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Ethnic America
Traces the story of nine different ethnic groups in American society, discussing their various reactions to the American experience, cultural and hisotrical backgrounds, patterns of difficulty, and modes of success.
Thomas Sowell, 1983
2
Ethnic Groups in Conflict, Updated Edition with a New Preface
A groundbreaking work when it was published in 1985, the book remains an original and powerfully argued comparative analysis of one of the most important forces in the contemporary world.
Donald L. Horowitz, 2001
3
Ethnic Groups Worldwide: A Ready Reference Handbook
Profiles the major ethnic groups and ethnic relations in each nation of the world
David Levinson, 1998
4
Why Ethnic Parties Succeed: Patronage and Ethnic Head Counts ...
Offers a theory on the performance of ethnic political parties as a distinct phenomenon.
Kanchan Chandra, 2007
5
Nationalist Exclusion and Ethnic Conflict: Shadows of Modernity
Argues that nationalist exclusion and ethnic conflict are characteristic of a modern society that is fragmented into nation states.
Andreas Wimmer, 2002
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Fighting Words: Language Policy and Ethnic Relations in Asia
A study of the impact of language policies on ethnic relations in fifteen Asian and Pacific countries.
Michael Edward Brown, Sumit Ganguly, 2003
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Managing Ethnic Conflict in Africa: Pressures and Incentives ...
In this book, Donald Rothchild analyzes the successes and failures of attempts at conflict resolution in different African countries and offers comprehensive ideas for successful mediation.
Donald S. Rothchild, 1997
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Cultural Contestation in Ethnic Conflict
Marc Howard Ross examines battles over diverse cultural expressions, including Islamic headscarves in France, parades in Northern Ireland, holy sites in Jerusalem and Confederate flags in the American South to propose a psychocultural ...
Marc Howard Ross, 2007
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The Dark Side of Democracy: Explaining Ethnic Cleansing
A new theory of ethnic cleansing based on the most terrible cases (colonial genocides, the Nazi Holocaust) and cases of lesser violence (early modern Europe, contemporary India).
Michael Mann, 2005
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Ethnic Groups in Conflict
To understand ethnic conflict is an ambitious task, but by focusing on the logic and structure of conflict and discussing measures to abate it, Horowitz brings important insight into an urgent issues that affects all strata of society ...
Donald L. Horowitz, 1985

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «ETHNIC»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term ethnic is used in the context of the following news items.
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US condemns Thai deportation of ethnic Uighurs to China, says they …
WASHINGTON — The United States is condemning Thailand's "forced deportation" of more than 100 ethnic Uighurs (WEE'-gurs) and says they ... «Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jul 15»
2
At least 22 killed in Algerian ethnic clashes
ALGIERS — At least 22 people have been killed in ethnic clashes between Arab and Amazigh communities around the Algerian desert town of ... «BDlive, Jul 15»
3
Twenty years after Srebrenica, ethnic cleansing has become a …
The Bosnian Serbs targeted the Bosnian Muslims as a specific ethnic or religious group. In legal terms, there was, at Srebrenica only, the ... «The Conversation UK, Jul 15»
4
Algeria mobilises army against ethnic violence in south
Guerara - Algeria was mobilising the army on Thursday after 22 people were killed in the worst ethnic clashes between Berbers and Arabs in ... «News24, Jul 15»
5
DUP Minister hears of needs of city's newer black and ethnic
The project coordinator at a support service for new Londonderry residents from a black and minority ethnic background welcomed DUP Junior ... «Londonderry Today, Jul 15»
6
Diane Douglas wants it both ways on TUSD ethnic studies
This time, the 9th Circuit appellate court judge ruled that a state law -- HB 2281 -- effectively banning the much-troubled district's ethnic studies ... «azcentral.com, Jul 15»
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On Politics And Ethnic Sterotypes
Stereotype has long defined public talk about Indian women's sexuality and panic that Hindu women's immorality can undermine a whole ... «Trinidad Guardian, Jul 15»
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Burma Government and Ethnic Delegation Agreed to Finalize NCA …
The government and ethnic groups' representatives reached an agreement in principle to work towards getting the Nationwide Ceasefire ... «Karen News, Jul 15»
9
Runners on stilts and plank racers: Athletes gather for bizarre Games
More than 7,500 athletes from China's ethnic minority groups will descend on the city of Ordos, in the northern Inner Mongolia autonomous ... «Daily Star, Jul 15»
10
Silk statements
Displayed at Silk India 2015 are ethnic products from across the country. Silk has always held pride of place in the world of weaves. In India, the ... «The Hindu, Jul 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Ethnic [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/ethnic>. Jul 2019 ».
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