from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a sizable group of people sharing a common and distinctive racial, national, religious, linguistic, or cultural heritage.
- adj. Being a member of a particular ethnic group, especially belonging to a national group by heritage or culture but residing outside its national boundaries: ethnic Hungarians living in northern Serbia.
- adj. Relating to a people not Christian or Jewish.
- n. A member of a particular ethnic group, especially one who maintains the language or customs of the group.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or relating to a group of people having common racial, national, religious or cultural origins.
- adj. Belonging to a foreign culture.
- adj. Heathen, not Judeo-Christian.
- n. An ethnic person, notably said when a foreigner or member of an immigrant community
- n. An ethnic minority
- n. A heathen, a pagan
- n. the demonym of an Ancient Greek city
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Belonging to races or nations; based on distinctions of race; ethnological.
- adj. Pertaining to the gentiles, or nations not converted to Christianity; heathen; pagan; -- opposed to
- adj. of or pertaining to a group having a distinct racial, cultural, religious or linguistic character.
- adj. being a member of a distinct racial or cultural minority within a larger population.
- n. A heathen; a pagan.
- n. a member of an ethnic group.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to race; peculiar to a race or nation; ethnological.
- Pertaining to the gentiles or nations not converted to Christianity; heathen; pagan: opposed to Jewish and Christian.
- n. A heathen; a gentile; a pagan.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not acknowledging the God of Christianity and Judaism and Islam
- adj. denoting or deriving from or distinctive of the ways of living built up by a group of people
- n. a person who is a member of an ethnic group
Middle English, heathen, from Late Latin ethnicus, from Greek ethnikos, from ethnos, people, nation.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French ethnique, from Latin ethnicus ("pagan", "heathen"), from Ancient Greek ἐθνικός (ethnikos, "of or for a nation, heathen"), from ἔθνος (ethnos, "a company", later "a people or nation, heathens"). (Wiktionary)