Adjective "ethnic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to a population subgroup (within a larger or dominant national or cultural group) with a common national or cultural tradition.
  1. 'leaders of ethnic communities'
  2. 'He says Germany's 2 million-plus Turks are the country's largest foreign ethnic group.'
  3. 'I know that in Christchurch where it was very difficult to get representatives from within small ethnic communities, that is exactly what I did.'
  4. 'The company dates back to a time when they would sell their products within ethnic communities, before eventually expanding to include the other Australians.'
  5. 'An innovative Lancashire County Council scheme aims to recruit more teachers of ethnic and black origin.'
  6. 'The most promising developments in recent years have included the formation of historical societies within ethnic communities.'
  7. 'But regardless of age and status (employment, ethnic origin, marital status) women are much less likely than men to read the financial pages of the newspapers.'
  8. 'Do not prejudge or label people because of their cultural or ethnic origin.'
  9. 'I'm not saying that Asians should shed their ethnic traditions by assimilating within the mainstream.'
  10. 'Kenya's rich cultural heritage is a mixture of ethnic and cultural traditions.'
  11. 'Not only did a discourse of rights have to be created for Mexican immigrant farmworkers, but it also had to recognize the ethnic variation within the farmworker population.'
  12. 'People from more than a hundred different nationalities and as many cultural and ethnic origins were subsumed under a single national identity in Israel.'
  13. 'As I have set out above, the school has for many years taught pupils from a wide variety of ethnic origins, cultural backgrounds and religious faiths.'
  14. 'European law also provides protection from discrimination on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion or belief and disability.'
  15. 'Individuals who belong to high-risk ethnic groups might also benefit from a genetic evaluation and counseling.'
  16. 'Assimilation is the process of giving up traditional ethnic identity and accepting the dominant group's culture.'
  17. 'ethnic Indian populations'
  18. 'Singaporeans have deliberately tried to suppress their ethnic Chinese cultural characteristics lest they provoke a counter-reaction from Muslims.'
  19. 'Macedonia came close to civil war last year, when ethnic Albanians staged an uprising demanding greater rights.'
  20. 'They are, instead, a subset of the country's citizens: those who belong to the ethnic Slav majority.'
  21. 'Three of them are said to be of ethnic Pakistani origin.'
  22. 'The Constitution is designed to guarantee power-sharing between the country's indigenous Fijian and ethnic Indian populations.'
  23. 'Up to 11,000 people, mainly ethnic Albanians, were killed and some 3,000 are still registered as missing.'
  24. 'Hundreds of properties belonging to ethnic Chinese in Solo were burned down in 1998 just before then President Suharto stepped down.'
  25. 'And in Fiji, tensions continued between its indigenous and its ethnic Indian populations.'
  26. 'He did acknowledge the emergence of a separatist movement within the ethnic Albanian population in the late 1980s.'
  27. 'folk and ethnic music'
  28. 'And despite the many different ethnic influences, the music seems to create an atmosphere that almost radiates from the CD player.'
  29. 'Dark blue walls shimmer with candlelight, a display case of market vegetables glows in the background and strains of ethnic music play at just the right level for conversation.'
  30. 'For children aged 5 to 7 there will be a fancy dress competition with ethnic costumes and ‘painting the flag’.'
  31. 'The richness of their heritage became a legacy for all and their recordings dating back to the turn of the 20th century put Irish traditional music on a par with other ethnic world music forms.'
  32. 'Antonio Marras is excellent in creating dresses in ethnic styles.'
  33. 'The festival, to be held on October 9, features ethnic foods and music, craft booths, and food vendors.'
Neither Christian nor Jewish; pagan or heathen.


    A member of an ethnic minority.


      1. pertaining to or characteristic of a people, especially a group (ethnic group) sharing a common and distinctive culture, religion, language, or the like.

      2. referring to the origin, classification, characteristics, etc., of such groups.

      3. being a member of an ethnic group, especially of a group that is a minority within a larger society: ethnic Chinese in San Francisco.

      4. of, relating to, or characteristic of members of such a group.

      5. belonging to or deriving from the cu

      More examples(as adjective)

      "groups can be ethnic."

      "minorities can be ethnic."

      "conflicts can be ethnic."

      "wars can be ethnic."

      "violences can be ethnic."

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      Late Middle English (denoting a person not of the Christian or Jewish faith): via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek ethnikos ‘heathen’, from ethnos ‘nation’. Current senses date from the 19th century.