cul·​tured | \ ˈkəl-chərd How to pronounce cultured (audio) \

Definition of cultured

2 : produced under artificial conditions cultured viruses cultured pearls

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the most highly cultured period of the country's long history

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Meanwhile, cultured pearls, also beautiful and not as costly, came on the market. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "A Rare Natural Pearl That Once Belonged to a Spanish Princess Is For Sale," 14 May 2019 However, after Mikimoto Kokichi invented the perfectly spherical cultured pearl in 1893, the market for real pearls eventually waned and then more or less crashed with the stock market in 1929. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Spends a Week in Qatar and Is Dazzled by Doha," 2 Apr. 2019 For jewelry spies however, the focus of the evening was less on the colorful Lagerfeld backdrops and more on the triple strand of Van Cleef & Arpels cultured pearls worn by Princess Caroline. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Princess Caroline Wore Her Mother Grace Kelly's Pearls for the First Time Since Her Death," 1 Apr. 2019 Sabyasachi also designed the jewelry for Chopra's special day, using uncut diamonds, emeralds, and Japanese cultured pearls in 22 karat gold. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Says She Had a "Panic Attack" on Her Wedding Day," 8 Feb. 2019 The world of his mother, a former stage actress, and his father, a theatrical impresario from a cultured European background, is represented almost entirely from the child’s point of view. Laura Marcus, WSJ, "Five Best: Laura Marcus on Memoirs of Childhood," 15 Feb. 2019 Hear more from Rabbi Cherlow in the video above, and watch the episode from Moving Upstream below for an in-depth look at efforts to develop cell-cultured meat, and its potential impact. Matt Mcdonald, WSJ, "Emergence of Lab-Grown Meat Poses New Questions for Religious Leaders," 14 Dec. 2018 Try cultured forms of legumes, like firm tofu or tempeh, instead. SELF, "Why This Registered Dietitian Tells (Some of) Her Patients to Avoid Kale Salads," 30 Nov. 2018 Sabyasachi also designed the jewelry for Chopra's look, using uncut diamonds, emeralds, and Japanese cultured pearls in 22 karat gold. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Priyanka Chopra's Wedding Dresses," 4 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of cultured

circa 1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of cultured

: having or showing good education, tastes, and manners
: grown or made under controlled conditions


cul·​tured | \ ˈkəl-chərd\

Kids Definition of cultured

1 : having or showing refinement in taste, speech, or manners
2 : produced under artificial conditions cultured pearls

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