- 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.
- 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
- 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
Origin of ethnicMiddle English ethnik from Ecclesiastical Late Latin ethnicus, pagan from Classical Greek ethnikos, national (in LGr(Ec), gentile, heathen) from ethnos, nation, people, ta ethn?, nations (in LXX, non-Jews, in New Testament , gentile Christians): akin to ?thos: see ethical