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Ethnic – IELTS word of the day

Today’s word from list 4 of the Academic Word List is



The two forms of this word are ethnic, ethnically and ethnicity

The more common word combinations are:

ethnic groups/minorities

ethnic conflict/tension

ethnic origin/background/identity

ethnic diversity

and, very sadly, ethnic cleansing

It is also found in  combination with these similar ideas:

ethnic and religious

cultural and ethnic

You should also note that it has developed a new-ish (and slightly less precise) meaning close to “exotic”. So ethnic music is not necessarily “ethnic” at all – just from a different place and slightly “different”.


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One Response to Ethnic – IELTS word of the day

  1. UM FARES March 23, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    It was very helpful

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