Ethnic - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈeθnɪk|  American pronunciation of the word ethnic
Brit.  |ˈɛθnɪk|  British pronunciation of the word ethnic


- a person who is a member of an ethnic group


- denoting or deriving from or distinctive of the ways of living built up by a group of people(syn: cultural, ethnical)
- not acknowledging the God of Christianity and Judaism and Islam (syn: heathen, heathenish, pagan)


The U.S. has a wide variety of ethnic groups made up of immigrants or their descendants.

...children who were raised in a home where there was a strong ethnic consciousness...

The school teaches pupils from different ethnic groups.

The students are from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.

In that neighborhood of New York, we were all ethnics.

influenced by ethnic and cultural ties

An ethnic conflict that was simmering away in the background finally erupted into civil war.

Her ethnic origins are French.

The country's borders are artificial, and were set with no consideration for the various ethnic groups in the region.

Hundreds were killed in ethnic clashes in the region last month.

a campaign of terror against ethnic minority groups can get just about any kind of ethnic food in the environs of the university...

She doesn't care for ethnic humor.

...the kernel of your argument seems to be the inevitability of the division of that nation along ethnic lines...

...a youth club fostering amity among the city's many and diverse ethnic groups...

Word forms

singular: ethnic
plural: ethnics
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