ethnicity

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

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Usage Notes:

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

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How to Cite the Definition of Ethnicity

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “ethnicity.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 22, 2018 (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 October 22, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/ethnicity/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“ethnicity.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Oct. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/ethnicity/>.