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English definition of “ethnic”


adjective    /ˈeθ·nɪk/
relating to or characteristic of a large group of people who have the same national, racial, or cultural origins, and who usually speak the same language: an ethnic neighborhood She loves ethnic foods, especially Ethiopian and Japanese. ethnically    /ˈeθ·nɪk·li/ adverb an ethnically diverse community
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