cultural anthropology


noun

the branch of anthropology dealing with the origins, history, and development of human culture, and including in its scope the fields of archaeology, ethnology, and ethnography.

Origin of cultural anthropology

First recorded in 1920–25
Also called social anthropology.

Related forms

cultural anthropologist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cultural anthropology

cultural anthropology


noun

the branch of anthropology dealing with cultural as opposed to biological and racial features

Derived Forms

cultural anthropologist, noun
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Science definitions for cultural anthropology

cultural anthropology

[ kŭlchər-əl ]

The branch of anthropology that studies the development of human cultures based on ethnographic, linguistic, social, and psychological data. Compare physical anthropology.
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