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[kuhl-tuh s]
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noun, plural cul·tus·es, cul·ti [kuhl-tahy] /ˈkʌl taɪ/.
  1. a cult.
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Origin of cultus1

From Latin, dating back to 1630–40; see origin at cult


[kuhl-tuh s]
noun, plural cul·tus·es, (especially collectively) cul·tus.
  1. lingcod.
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Origin of cultus2

1850–55, Americanism; < Chinook Jargon kə́ltəs worthless, bad, < Lower Chinook kə́ltas in vain, only (but perhaps itself < Chinook Jargon)
Also called cultus cod.
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Examples from the Web for cultus

Historical Examples

  • In the cultus of Apollo, music formed a distinguishing feature.

    Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

    E.M. Berens

  • This spirit is the personification of the cultus, the power of meditation.

  • I suppose he had secured his outfit as a ‘cultus potlatch’ from persons he had met.

    Blazing The Way

    Emily Inez Denny

  • Nor is the Phallic cultus in any respect a cultus of the full-grown and branching tree.



  • So you're one of the party I'm to look after on this cultus corrie?

    Told In The Hills

    Marah Ellis Ryan

British Dictionary definitions for cultus


noun plural -tuses or -ti (-taɪ)
  1. mainly RC Church another word for cult (def. 1)
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin: a toiling over something, refinement, cult
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