noun \ˈsəb-ˌkəl-chər\

: a group that has beliefs and behaviors that are different from the main groups within a culture or society

Full Definition of SUBCULTURE

a :  a culture (as of bacteria) derived from another culture
b :  an act or instance of producing a subculture
:  an ethnic, regional, economic, or social group exhibiting characteristic patterns of behavior sufficient to distinguish it from others within an embracing culture or society <a criminal subculture>
sub·cul·tur·al \-ˈkəlch-rəl, -ˈkəl-chə-\ adjective
sub·cul·tur·al·ly adverb
subculture transitive verb

Examples of SUBCULTURE

  1. a subculture of local painters
  2. a subculture of poverty and crime

First Known Use of SUBCULTURE


Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores


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