(noun) “[S]hared culture, which may include heritage, language, religion, and more” (OpenStax College 2012).

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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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OpenStax College. 2012. Racial, Ethnic, and Minority Groups. Connexions, May 18, 2012. (