cul·​tured | \ˈkəl-chərd \

Definition of cultured 

2 : produced under artificial conditions cultured viruses cultured pearls

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Examples of cultured in a Sentence

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

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Aside from sparing animals from slaughter, advocates say, cultured meat would require less energy, take up less land, and release less methane and other greenhouse gases than conventional meat production. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "As lab-grown meat advances, U.S. lawmakers call for regulation," 10 May 2018 In a refugee, immigrant, rags-to-riches story, Smolyansky’s parents founded the company by first making the tangy cultured milk at home. Louisa Chu,, "Change Memorial Day grilling lineup with charred greens, savory kebabs," 21 May 2018 Karl Polanyi grew up in Budapest, in an assimilated, highly cultured Jewish family. Caleb Crain, The New Yorker, "Is Capitalism a Threat to Democracy?," 7 May 2018 Level 4 alternatives are pure cultured animal cells like the products Memphis Meats and others are working on. Joi Ito, WIRED, "Fake Meat, Served Six Ways," 2 July 2018 Learning to be gay felt not unrelated to learning to be cultured. Constance Grady, Vox, "You can rent a room above this bookstore by the sea and run the shop," 30 June 2018 Or would these newbies eventually vanquish natural diamonds, as happened when cultured pearl came on the scene and eviscerated natural pearls? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "5 Dazzling New Jewelry Designers From the Las Vegas Couture Show," 15 June 2018 The researchers exposed cultured human bronchial cells to diluted cinnamon e-liquids and to e-liquid aerosol, or vapor, from an e-cigarette device purchased at a local vape shop in Chapel Hill. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "Cinnamon May Be Safe in Foods, but Is It Safe in E-Cigarettes?," 1 June 2018 To some, this whole idea of confronting public officials in public is off-putting and, certainly, would have been strictly frowned upon in more cultured times. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Eat at home, McConnell, until you're ready to listen to all the people," 10 July 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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