cul·​tur·​al ˈkəlch-rəl How to pronounce cultural (audio)
: of or relating to culture or culturing
: concerned with the fostering of plant or animal growth
ˈkəlch-rə-lē How to pronounce cultural (audio)

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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Word History

First Known Use

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of cultural was in 1802

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“Cultural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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cul·​tur·​al ˈkəlch-(ə-)rəl How to pronounce cultural (audio)
: of or relating to culture
culturally adverb

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