Meaning of “ethnology” in the English Dictionary

"ethnology" in English

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ethnologynoun [ U ]

uk /eθˈnɒl.ə.dʒi/ us /eθˈnɑː.lə.dʒi/
noun [ C ] uk /eθˈnɒl.ə.dʒɪst/ us /eθˈnɑː.lə.dʒɪst/

Examples from literature

  • He wrote several important books on botany, topography, and ethnology, but became even more famous through his poems, ballads and romances. 
  • I inquired carefully, in the interests of ethnology, as to what methods of courting were in vogue previously. 
  • Most of all, I had to prepare myself thoroughly, study geography, ethnology, and languages. 
  • Students of economic science have of recent years given attention to ethnology, and their researches into the origin and primitive characteristics of labour have brought to light some facts which are very interesting to us. 
  • To the student of ethnology no point in the character of primitive man is more interesting and surprising than his vanity. 

(Definition of “ethnology” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)