Definition of ethnology in English:



mass noun
  • The study of the characteristics of different peoples and the differences and relationships between them.

    • ‘Nineteenth-century European ethnology and anthropology were established precisely to study different peoples and their institutions.’
    • ‘I was really interested in ethnology, anthropology, and comparative religion.’
    • ‘While stationed in the West and at Fort Mackinac, he studied the cultures and languages of local Indians, contributing to the developing fields of ethnology and ethnography through his studies.’
    • ‘Now a resident in Jerusalem and Vienna, she is considered an expert in Arabic studies and ethnology.’
    • ‘He became interested in ethnology on that first trip and decided to undertake more detailed investigations.’
    • ‘His experiences among the Eskimos created in him a desire to understand the laws of human nature and prompted him to make a gradual transition from cultural geography to ethnology.’