Ethnic Eth"nic, Ethnical Eth"nic*al, a. [L. ethnicus, Gr. ?, fr. ? nation, ? ? the nations, heathens, gentiles: cf. F. ethnique.] 1. Belonging to races or nations; based on distinctions of race; ethnological. [1913 Webster]

2. Pertaining to the gentiles, or nations not converted to Christianity; heathen; pagan; -- opposed to {Jewish} and {Christian}. [1913 Webster]

3. of or pertaining to a group having a distinct racial, cultural, religious or linguistic character; as, ethnic differences within a population can cause civil war. [PJC]

4. being a member of a distinct racial or cultural minority within a larger population; as, ethnic Chinese own most of the businesses in Indonesia. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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