ethnology

The science that compares human culture and/or races; cultural anthropology.

* * *

eth·nol·o·gy eth-'näl-ə-jē n, pl -gies
1) a science that deals with the division of human beings into races and their origin, distribution, relations, and characteristics
2) anthropology dealing chiefly with the comparative and analytical study of cultures: CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
eth·no·log·i·cal .eth-nə-'läj-i-kəl also eth·no·log·ic -ik adj

* * *

n.
the study of the different races of mankind and their variations: a branch of anthropology that deals mainly with cultural and social differences between groups and the problems, medical and otherwise, that arise from their particular ways of life.
ethnic adj.

* * *

eth·nol·o·gy (eth-nolґə-je) [Gr. ethnos race + -logy] the science that deals with the ethnic groups of humanity, their descent, relationship, and similar matters.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

Synonyms:
(treating of the mental as well as of the physical differences of the races of mankind)


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Ethnology — (from the Greek ἔθνος, ethnos meaning people, nation, race ) is the branch of anthropology that compares and analyzes the origins, distribution, technology, religion, language, and social structure of the ethnic, racial, and/or national divisions …   Wikipedia

  • Ethnology — Eth*nol o*gy . [Gr. ? nation + logy.] The science which treats of the division of mankind into races, their origin, distribution, and relations, and the peculiarities which characterize them …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ethnology — (n.) 1842, from ETHNO (Cf. ethno ) + LOGY (Cf. logy). Related: Ethnologist …   Etymology dictionary

  • ethnology — *anthropology, archaeology …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ethnology — ► NOUN ▪ the study of the characteristics of different peoples and the differences and relationships between them. DERIVATIVES ethnologic adjective ethnological adjective ethnologist noun …   English terms dictionary

  • ethnology — [eth näl′ə jē] n. [ ETHNO + LOGY] the branch of anthropology that studies comparatively the cultures of contemporary, or recent, societies or language groups ethnological [eth΄nə läj′i kəl] adj. ethnologic ethnologically adv. ethnologist n …   English World dictionary

  • ethnology — noun Date: circa 1828 1. a science that deals with the division of human beings into races and their origin, distribution, relations, and characteristics 2. anthropology dealing chiefly with the comparative and analytical study of cultures ;… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ethnology — ethnological /eth neuh loj i keuhl/, ethnologic, adj. ethnologically, adv. ethnologist, n. /eth nol euh jee/, n. 1. a branch of anthropology that analyzes cultures, esp. in regard to their historical development and the similarities and… …   Universalium

  • ethnology — noun The branch of anthropology that studies and compares the different human cultures. See Also: ethnic, ethnography, ethnologist …   Wiktionary

  • ETHNOLOGY —    a science which treats of the human race as grouped in tribes or nations, but limits itself to tracing the origin and distribution of races, and investigating the physical and mental peculiarities and differences exhibited by men over all… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.