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

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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 And like other minority communities, some Pacific Islanders are immigrants who may face cultural and language barriers when trying to find resources or navigate the healthcare system. oregonlive, "Pacific Islanders have higher COVID-19 rates than any other race in Oregon," 9 July 2020 There are many things that are fundamentally cultural and very difficult. Nicholas Thompson, Wired, "Kai-Fu Lee Gives AI a B-Minus Grade in the Covid-19 Fight," 8 July 2020 The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague has been a cultural and intellectual hub in Central Europe for centuries. Hannah Walhout, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 15 Cities in Europe," 8 July 2020 Contact tracers must navigate cultural and linguistic barriers, and build a rapport with people who equate tracing with immigration enforcement and for whom self-isolation could be a crushing burden. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "As US cases soar, 'coronavirus detectives' face new strain," 8 July 2020 Beauty and personal services will be closed, as well as cultural and entertainment venues. Angus Watson And Nectar Gan, CNN, "Border community straddling Australia's two most populous states cleaved in two by coronavirus lockdown," 8 July 2020 In Melbourne, the new measures will require some businesses to close, including beauty and personal care services, cultural and entertainment venues and community facilities. Kate Shuttleworth, Washington Post, "Battling second virus wave, Australia puts city of Melbourne under lockdown," 7 July 2020 Part of the answer lies in how our cultural and cognitive systems work. Nat Kendall-taylor, STAT, "Why were we so late responding to Covid-19? Blame it on our culture and brains," 6 July 2020 Until cultural and systemic change happens, having the safe landing place of loving and supportive parents is especially important to trangender people’s well-being. Lori Gottlieb, The Atlantic, "Dear Therapist: I Love My Trans Daughter, but I’m Still Struggling," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of cultural

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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27 Jul 2020

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“Cultural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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)

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culturally adverb

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