the science, art, or occupation concerned with cultivating land, raising crops, and feeding, breeding, and raising livestock; farming.
the production of crops, livestock, or poultry.

Origin of agriculture

1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin agrīcultūra, equivalent to agrī (genitive singular of ager) field + cultūra culture
Related formsag·ri·cul·tur·al, adjectiveag·ri·cul·tur·al·ly, adverbpre·ag·ri·cul·tur·al, adjectivepre·ag·ri·cul·ture, nounsem·i·ag·ri·cul·tur·al, adjectiveun·ag·ri·cul·tur·al, adjectiveun·ag·ri·cul·tur·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for agricultural

rural, horticultural, gardening, ranch, rustic, aggie, agronomical

Examples from the Web for agricultural

Contemporary Examples of agricultural

Historical Examples of agricultural

  • The agricultural districts were faithful to the Liberals, but they lost in the boroughs.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • The agricultural shows have much effect in stimulating progress.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • We had therefore, in round figures, agricultural produce worth £6000.


    Theodor Hertzka

  • The Egyptians were an agricultural and a conservative people.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • Unfortunately that proved the deathblow of the old Agricultural Society.

    Adventures and Recollections

    Bill o'th' Hoylus End

British Dictionary definitions for agricultural



the science or occupation of cultivating land and rearing crops and livestock; farming; husbandryRelated adjective: geoponic
Derived Formsagricultural, adjectiveagriculturally, adverbagriculturist or agriculturalist, noun

Word Origin for agriculture

C17: from Latin agricultūra, from ager field, land + cultūra culture
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Word Origin and History for agricultural

1776, from agriculture + -al (1). Related: Agriculturally; agriculturalist.



mid-15c., from Late Latin agricultura "cultivation of the land," compound of agri cultura "cultivation of land," from agri, genitive of ager "a field" (see acre) + cultura "cultivation" (see culture (n.)). In Old English, the idea was expressed by eorðtilþ.

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agricultural in Science



The science of cultivating land, producing crops, and raising livestock.
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