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. 2018

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


  1. showing or having good taste, manners, upbringing, and education
  2. artificially grown or synthesizedcultured pearls
  3. 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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