[kuhl-cher-uh l]


of or relating to culture or cultivation.

Nearby words

  1. cultivated,
  2. cultivation,
  3. cultivator,
  4. cultrate,
  5. cultual,
  6. cultural anthropology,
  7. cultural appropriation,
  8. cultural capital,
  9. cultural cringe,
  10. cultural diversity

Origin of cultural

First recorded in 1865–70; culture + -al1

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cultural

British Dictionary definitions for cultural



of or relating to artistic or social pursuits or events considered to be valuable or enlightened
of or relating to a culture or civilization
(of certain varieties of plant) obtained by specialized breeding
Derived Formsculturally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for cultural



1868, in reference to the raising of plants or animals, from Latin cultura "tillage" (see culture) + -al (1). In reference to the cultivation of the mind, from 1875; hence, "relating to civilization or a civilization." A fertile starter-word among anthropologists and sociologists: e.g. cultural diffusion, in use by 1912; cultural diversity by 1935; cultural imperialism by 1937; cultural pluralism by 1932; cultural relativism by 1948.

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