[ ag-ri-kuhl-cher ]
See synonyms for: agricultureagricultural on

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

  2. the production of crops, livestock, or poultry.

Origin of agriculture

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin agrīcultūra, from agrī (genitive singular of ager “field”) + cultūra culture

Other words from agriculture

  • ag·ri·cul·tur·al, adjective
  • ag·ri·cul·tur·al·ly, adverb
  • pre·ag·ri·cul·tur·al, adjective
  • pre·ag·ri·cul·ture, noun
  • sem·i·ag·ri·cul·tur·al, adjective
  • un·ag·ri·cul·tur·al, adjective
  • un·ag·ri·cul·tur·al·ly, adverb

Words Nearby agriculture Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use agriculture in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for agriculture


/ (ˈæɡrɪˌkʌltʃə) /

  1. the science or occupation of cultivating land and rearing crops and livestock; farming; husbandry: Related adjective: geoponic

Origin of agriculture

C17: from Latin agricultūra, from ager field, land + cultūra culture

Derived forms of agriculture

  • agricultural, adjective
  • agriculturally, adverb
  • agriculturist or agriculturalist, noun

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Scientific definitions for agriculture


[ ăgrĭ-kŭl′chər ]

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

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