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 culturally (audio) , 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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Several local agencies, including the city emergency department, the cultural and tourism department, and the market regulators, have launched a joint investigation into the accident, according to the statement. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Video: Rogue wave at water park blamed on machine run amok (not ‘drunken man’)," 4 Aug. 2019 Several local agencies, including the city emergency department, the cultural and tourism department, and the market regulators, have launched a joint investigation into the accident, according to the statement. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "44 swimmers injured by giant wave at Chinese water park," 3 Aug. 2019 El Paso has long been both a cultural and political symbol of Hispanic Texas. New York Times, "El Paso Shooting: Massacre at a Crowded Walmart in Texas Leaves 20 Dead," 3 Aug. 2019 Tencent may seem to be the ideal partner for Nintendo today, putting the Japanese giant in the best position to navigate cultural and bureaucratic barriers. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Nintendo and Tencent reveal Switch release plans for China," 2 Aug. 2019 Riding on the wave of Arab Spring uprisings that swept the Middle East, the band was embraced by Arab youth who saw it as part of a cultural and social revolution. Washington Post, "Lebanon festival drops popular band after Christian pressure," 31 July 2019 Doris loved all things cultural and intellectual, from plays to art-house films to museums, and found Austin to be a wonderfully sophisticated city filled with so many options that were unavailable in Kansas., "Doris Peltzman," 25 July 2019 Plan your trip: Taipei’s MRT bundles its 24-, 48-, and 72-hour passes with discount coupons to local cultural and entertainment attractions. Robert Chg, National Geographic, "See why the world’s best subway lines are destinations unto themselves," 19 July 2019 Two-way traffic supports urban design principles, improves access to the new Fiserv Forum and improves connections between the new arena and other downtown cultural and entertainment facilities, according to a city traffic study. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Last one-way stretch of downtown's State Street to become two-way in 2020, encouraging development," 17 July 2019

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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 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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not constant or steady

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