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Definition of Ethnicity

(noun) A category of people who share a cultural background such as language, location, and religion.

Ethnicity Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: eth·nic·i·ty

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ɛθˈnɪsədi/
  • British English – /ɛθˈnɪsᵻti/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: ethnicities
  • Panethnicity refers to people or cultures that span multiple ethnicities.
  • People who share the same ethnicity are an ethnic group.
  • A type of ascribed status.

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Cite the Definition of Ethnicity

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “ethnicity.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 10, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/ethnicity/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

ethnicity. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/ethnicity/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “ethnicity.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 10, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/ethnicity/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“ethnicity.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 10 Dec. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/ethnicity/>.