[ uh-kuhl-chuh-rey-shuhn ]
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  1. the process of sharing and learning the cultural traits or social patterns of another group: Acculturation of immigrants has contributed to the rich cultural diversity of the city.

  2. the result of this process.

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Origin of acculturation

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; ac- + culture + -ation

Other words from acculturation

  • ac·cul·tur·a·tion·al, adjective

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Cultural definitions for acculturation


[ (uh-kul-chuh-ray-shuhn) ]

The learning of the ideas, values, conventions, and behavior that characterize a social group. (See socialization.) Acculturation is also used to describe the results of contact between two or more different cultures; a new, composite culture emerges, in which some existing cultural features are combined, some are lost, and new features are generated. Usually one culture is dominant (as in the case of colonization).

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