enlightened; refined.
artificially nurtured or grown: cultured bacteria.
cultivated; tilled.

Origin of cultured

First recorded in 1735–45; culture + -ed2
Related formsnon·cul·tured, adjectiveo·ver·cul·tured, adjectivesem·i·cul·tured, adjectivewell-cul·tured, adjective
Can be confusedcultivated cultured

Synonyms for cultured Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for well-cultured

Historical Examples of well-cultured

  • A healthy breathing apparatus is as indispensable to the successful lawyer or politician as a well-cultured intellect.


    Samuel Smiles

British Dictionary definitions for well-cultured



showing or having good taste, manners, upbringing, and education
artificially grown or synthesizedcultured pearls
sport of superior quality, as though the product of special traininga cultured left foot; a cultured backhand
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Word Origin and History for well-cultured



1743 in the literal sense of "cultivated," of land, etc., past participle adjective from culture; meaning "developed under controlled natural conditions" is from 1906, originally of pearls. Meaning "improved by exposure to intellectual culture" is from 1777.

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