Variant of ethnic
- Now Rare heathen
- designating or of a population subgroup having a common cultural heritage or nationality, as distinguished by customs, characteristics, language, common history, etc.
Origin of ethnicMiddle English ethnik ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin ethnicus, pagan ; from Classical Greek ethnikos, national (in Ecclesiastical Late Greek gentile, heathen) ; from ethnos, nation, people, ta ethnē, nations (in Septuagint non-Jews, in New Testament , gentile Christians): akin to ēthos: see ethical
a member of an ethnic group, esp. a member of a minority or nationality group that is part of a larger community