material culture

  1. the aggregate of physical objects or artifacts used by a society.

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Origin of material culture

First recorded in 1925–30

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

How to use material culture in a sentence

  • The natives of that country, when unspoiled by European influences, are almost on one level as to material culture.

  • It seems sanguine to look for the origins of totemism among tribes so advanced in material culture.

  • This omits certain items from what we are wont to call material culture, such as clothing, cradles, and the like.

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  • But, in spite of the fact that he was happy and surrounded by the most advanced material culture, he sickened and died.

  • In the field of material culture, horse-breeding becomes more and more evident.