cultural appropriation

[ kuhl-cher-uhl uh-proh-pree-ey-shuhn ]
/ ˈkʌl tʃər əl əˌproʊ priˈeɪ ʃən /


the adoption or co-opting, usually without acknowledgment, of cultural identity markers associated with or originating in minority communities by people or communities with a relatively privileged status.

Origin of cultural appropriation

First recorded in 1965–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020