Etymology
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ethnicity (n.)

"ethnic character," 1953, from ethnic + -ity. Earlier it meant "paganism" (1772).

updated on September 16, 2012

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Definitions of ethnicity from WordNet

ethnicity (n.)
an ethnic quality or affiliation resulting from racial or cultural ties;
ethnicity has a strong influence on community status relations
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.