[ an-thruh-pol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌæn θrəˈpɒl ə dʒi /


the science that deals with the origins, physical and cultural development, biological characteristics, and social customs and beliefs of humankind.
the study of human beings' similarity to and divergence from other animals.
the science of humans and their works.
Also called philosophical anthropology. the study of the nature and essence of humankind.

Origin of anthropology

First recorded in 1585–95; anthropo- + -logy

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British Dictionary definitions for anthropology

/ (ˌænθrəˈpɒlədʒɪ) /


the study of humans, their origins, physical characteristics, institutions, religious beliefs, social relationships, etc See also cultural anthropology, ethnology, physical anthropology, social anthropology

Derived forms of anthropology

anthropological (ˌænθrəpəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjective anthropologically, adverb anthropologist, noun

Medical definitions for anthropology

[ ăn′thrə-pŏlə-jē ]


The scientific study of the origin, the behavior, and the physical, social, and cultural development of humans.

Other words from anthropology

an′thro•polo•gist n.

Scientific definitions for anthropology

[ ăn′thrə-pŏlə-jē ]

The scientific study of humans, especially of their origin, their behavior, and their physical, social, and cultural development.

Cultural definitions for anthropology


The scientific study of the origin, development, and varieties of human beings and their societies, particularly so-called primitive societies.