Ethnic meaning

ĕthnĭk
A member of a particular ethnic group, especially one who maintains the language or customs of the group.
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Being or designating a member of a specific ethnic group in relation to the dominant group in a nation, region, etc.

An ethnic Ukrainian in Poland.

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Designating or of a population subgroup having a common cultural heritage or nationality, as distinguished by customs, characteristics, language, common history, etc.
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The definition of ethnic is someone or something associated with a particular subgroup that has a shared national original, cultural identity or race.

An example of ethnic is Mexican food.

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(now rare) Heathen.
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An ethnic person, notably said when a foreigner or member of an immigrant community.
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(historical) Heathen, not Judeo-Christian-Muslim.
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An ethnic minority.
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Of or relating to a group of people having common racial, national, religious or cultural origins.

There are many ethnic Indonesians in the Netherlands.

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Belonging to a foreign culture.

I like to eat ethnic food.

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(archaic) A heathen, a pagan.
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(in classical scholarship) The demonym of an Ancient Greek city.
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An ethnic is defined as a person who is a member of a specific racial or cultural group that is considered a minority.

An example of an ethnic in the United States is a person from Mexico.

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(archaic) Relating to a people not Christian or Jewish.
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Of or for ethnics, often, specif., nonwhite ethnics as a consumer or marketing group.

A radio station playing ethnic music, ethnic haircare products, a candidate's appeal to the ethnic vote.

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A member of an ethnic group, esp. a member of a minority or nationality group that is part of a larger community.
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Origin of ethnic

  • Middle English heathen from Late Latin ethnicus from Greek ethnikos from ethnos people, nation s(w)e- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French ethnique, from Latin ethnicus ("pagan", "heathen"), from Ancient Greek ἐθνικός (ethnikos, “of or for a nation, heathen”), from ἔθνος (ethnos, “a company", later "a people or nation, heathens”).

    From Wiktionary