ethnic
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈɛθ.nɪk/
Adjective

ethnic

  1. Of or relating to a group of people having common racial, ancestral, national, religious or cultural origins.
    There are many ethnic Indonesians in the Netherlands
  2. Characteristic of a foreign, usually non-Western culture.
    I like to eat ethnic food
  3. Representative of a folk or traditional mode of expression.
  4. (historical) Heathen, not Jewish, Christian, or Muslim.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Russian: язы́ческий
Translations Noun

ethnic (plural ethnics)

  1. An ethnic person, especially a foreigner or member of an immigrant community.
  2. An ethnic minority.
  3. (archaic) A heathen, a pagan.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Preface : ↗:
      ..for the learned know that even in St. Jerome's time, the consul of Rome and his wife were both Ethnics, and about the same time the greatest part of the senate also...
    • 1641. John Milton. Of Reformation in England.
      ...And the people of God, redeemed and washed with Christ's blood, and dignified with so many glorious titles of saints and sons in the Gospel, are now no better reputed than impure ethnics and lay dogs...
  4. (in classical scholarship) the demonym of an Ancient Greek city
    • 2006. Cohen. The Hellenistic Settlements in Syria, the Red Sea Basin & North Africa, 151.
      "Coinage with the ethnic ΑΝΤΙΟΧΕΩΝ ΠΡΟΣ ΕΥΦΡΑΤΗΝ survives from the mid-second century A.D."
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