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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The intersection of those related paths, unfolding as part of a larger cultural reckoning, is an American story. New York Times, "James Monroe Enslaved Hundreds. Their Descendants Still Live Next Door.," 7 July 2019 This site has more than 1,100 free movies, along with free audio books, college courses, language lessons and other cultural media. Doreen Christensen,, "Stream movies, TV shows for free with these alternatives to Netflix and Amazon | Doreen’s Deals," 6 July 2019 According to Brian Faracy, president of the Delafield Arts Foundation, the stage would be for multiple purposes, such as theater, musical performances and other cultural events. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In an effort to help build an amphitheater in Delafield, a run/walk will be held July 20," 3 July 2019 Arms control, regional conflicts, and cultural matters were on the table. The Christian Science Monitor, "a new front for Chinese propaganda," 3 July 2019 The space is anchored by Union Hall, an 1,800-square-foot gallery, performing arts and events space that is positioned to be the center of cultural events in the area. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Take a look inside the Coloradan, a rare downtown condo building among Denver’s sea of apartments," 2 July 2019 Simply defining actionable hate speech — which can vary by nation, region, language and cultural context — is a tall order. Washington Post, "Facebook to make jobs, credit ads searchable," 30 June 2019 Rarely has a major record been so spectacularly out of step with its cultural moment. Longreads, "Manic Street Preachers’ Album The Holy Bible," 25 June 2019 Yet one gets the sense that the Texas G.O.P. was not attempting to highlight O’Rourke’s faithfulness to the cultural moment. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Nostalgia in Beto O’Rourke’s Indie-Rock Videos," 20 June 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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