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[eth-nis-i-tee] /ɛθˈnɪs ɪ ti/

noun, plural ethnicities.
an group; a social group that shares a common and distinctive culture, religion, language, or the like:
Representatives of several ethnicities were present.
ethnic traits, background, allegiance, or association:
The graph shows class enrollment by gender and ethnicity.

“ethnic character,” 1953, from ethnic + -ity. Earlier it meant “paganism” (1772).
ethnicity [(eth-nis-uh-tee)]

Identity with or membership in a particular racial, national, or cultural group and observance of that group’s customs, beliefs, and language.

Note: Many minority groups in the United States maintain strong ethnic identity; especially in cities, immigrants are often attracted to ethnic communities established by people from their own country, communities in which many traditional cultural features are maintained. (See melting pot.)


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