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Syllabification: eth·nog·ra·phy
Pronunciation: /eTHˈnäɡrəfē

Definition of ethnography in English:


The scientific description of the customs of individual peoples and cultures.
Example sentences
  • This book is an important contribution to Melanesian ethnography and anthropology.
  • We have so much yet to learn from anthropology and ethnography, cognitive psychology, and, yes, even graphic art.
  • He supported research not only in the natural sciences, but also in anthropology and ethnography.



Example sentences
  • Ad agencies are hiring anthropologists and ethnographers to study and film consumers in their natural environments to see what they really eat, drink, and buy.
  • He is always at pains to point out that the English terms and categories used by ethnographers do not necessarily reflect adequately the ways Polynesians themselves categorised their world.
  • Many ethnographers have noted the importance of food and drink for maintaining familiar forms and social networks among immigrant populations.


Pronunciation: /ˌeTHnəˈɡrafikəl/
Example sentences
  • The book has certainly achieved its goal of showing the spectrum of China's social, cultural, geographical, ethnographical and linguistic variety.
  • He followed this with a biography of his father-in-law Julius Agricola and an ethnographical account of the German tribes.
  • As the make-up of America keeps changing in ways no one could have expected 100 years ago, there is a need for more ethnographical information, particularly that relates to the cultures of native Americans and recent immigrants.

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