I'm looking for something that is the equivalent of "fellow countryman", but for ethnicity. Using this as a starting point, I've been thinking it might be along the lines of "congeneous", though really "homogenous" seems to be more fitting, but too general. Any ideas?

  • This is quite difficult. The problem is that ethnic (and ethnicity) has really only been used in its modern sense since about 1900. Its ancient meaning was similar to pagan, meaning -"neither Christian nor Jewish". I don't think you will do any better than - of common ethnicity, or common acculturation.
    – WS2
    Feb 20, 2020 at 9:00
  • "fellow X" for example "fellow Arab"
    – MWB
    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:49
  • I'm staking a claim for "ethnicompatriot" :) Oct 17, 2020 at 15:44

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I think an appropriate word could be co-ethnics.

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    To be a good answer, you should include a supporting reference/link for your chosen word. Jan 21, 2020 at 6:47
  • You could show a Google 1-gram; there is evidence that the term was introduced in the 1940s, and that it is being used more and more. Almost certainly 'in the lexis' now. Jun 19, 2020 at 13:59

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