cul·​tur·​al | \ ˈkəlch-rəl How to pronounce cultural (audio) , 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 How to pronounce cultural (audio) , ˈkəl-​chə-​ \ adverb

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Nearly a year ago, a petition called for the mascot to be retired, citing offensive and harmful cultural appropriation., "Algonquin Regional High School to retire Tomahawks mascot," 1 May 2021 Many of New York’s major cultural institutions will stick to their limited reopenings until tourists return in greater numbers. New York Times, "The Mayor Promises a Summer to Remember in New York. Can He Deliver?," 29 Apr. 2021 Hungary's parliament has passed legislation paving the way for the government to take control of how universities and cultural institutions in the country are run. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for April 28: Covid-19, Biden, police violence, Boko Haram, Hungary," 28 Apr. 2021 The country is distinguished from mainland China through tours of government buildings and cultural institutions, martial arts performances, and volunteering opportunities. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Group Trips Help Young Travelers Connect With Their Heritage," 28 Apr. 2021 Others have suggested there’s an element of cultural appropriation since Mei (who is Chinese) has cornrows here. Kris Holt, Forbes, "The Latest Overwatch Skin Is A Controversial MMA Fighter Look For Mei," 28 Apr. 2021 Despite sometimes facing hostile treatment from the empire’s Christian leaders, Jewish communities during this period retained their cultural institutions and local leadership structures, notes the Jewish Virtual Library. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Colorful, 1,600-Year-Old Mosaic Adorned With Geometric Patterns Found in Israel," 26 Apr. 2021 Small businesses across the board, including for-profit arts and cultural institutions, can seek grants from an $800 million recovery program. Steve Bittenbender, Washington Examiner, "New York small business owners face looming hike on unemployment premiums," 21 Apr. 2021 Last spring, as our new reality was starting to set in, cultural institutions around the globe were quick to open up their doors online, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the National Museum in New Delhi. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "Not Ready to Travel Yet? You Can Now Tour UNESCO World Heritage Sites From Your Laptop," 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of cultural

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of cultural was in 1802

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5 May 2021

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“Cultural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce cultural (audio) \

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)

Other Words from cultural

culturally adverb

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