cul·​tur·​al | \ˈkəlch-rəl, ˈkəl-chə-\

Definition of cultural 

1 : of or relating to culture or culturing

2 : concerned with the fostering of plant or animal growth

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culturally \ˈkəlch-​rə-​lē, ˈkəl-​chə-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for cultural




nonartistic, noncultural

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Examples of cultural in a Sentence

We studied our cultural heritage. There are some cultural differences between us. We attended several cultural events over the weekend. The center provides a wide range of cultural activities. The city is the cultural center of the state.
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Fasting for religious, social, cultural, or political reasons is a practice that’s been observed for many thousands of years in a variety of societies and civilizations. SELF, "What You Need to Know Before Trying Intermittent Fasting," 7 Nov. 2018 The river site offers a wealth of evidence for cultural exchange during the transition. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 In the process, Chu and his team attach a new flavor of cultural understanding to an old genre that was in need of innovation. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "How Crazy Rich Asians turns a traditional Asian rom-com trope into a modern statement," 18 Aug. 2018 This trip is run by Crooked Trails, a nonprofit that works to build cultural understanding through sustainable travel. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "The Food Adventures We Covet Most," 5 July 2018 Important to note that my first job was actually doing TGIF with Larry and Sergey, so sort of like the ultimate Google cultural institution. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "After 20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree.," 21 Nov. 2018 There's no doubt a clash of academic cultures here—archaeoastronomy places more emphasis on social and cultural evidence and interpretations, whereas astronomy is all about precise data. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "“Wolf’s jaw” star cluster may have inspired parts of Ragnarök myth," 16 Nov. 2018 If the company wants a coffee brand to seize on a particular cultural event or moment, for example, executives can call a point person in the coffee group, Mr. Tanner said. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "J.M. Smucker Revamps Marketing Strategy to Keep Up With Changes, Spur Growth," 29 Oct. 2018 As part of an effort to bring diverse communities closer, the Faribault Diversity Coalition has been working in recent years to promote tolerance in the area through cultural events and social programming. Fox News, "Somali immigrants find growing acceptance in Minnesota," 25 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of cultural

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of cultural

: of or relating to a particular group of people and their habits, beliefs, traditions, etc.

: of or relating to the fine arts (such as music, theater, painting, etc.)


cul·​tur·​al | \ˈkəl-chə-rəl \

Kids Definition of cultural

1 : relating to the habits, beliefs, and traditions of a certain people

2 : relating to the arts (as music, dance, or painting)

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culturally adverb

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