[uh-kuhl-chuh-rey-shuh n]


the process of adopting the cultural traits or social patterns of another group.
the result of this process.

Origin of acculturation

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; ac- + culture + -ation
Related formsac·cul·tur·a·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for acculturation

Contemporary Examples of acculturation

  • His family is a case study in the acculturation process he now trumpets.

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Historical Examples of acculturation

Word Origin and History for acculturation

"the adoption and assimilation of an alien culture," 1880, from ad- "to" + culture (n.) + -ation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

acculturation in Culture



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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