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

Definition of cultured

2 : produced under artificial conditions cultured viruses cultured pearls

Examples of cultured in a Sentence

the most highly cultured period of the country's long history
Recent Examples on the Web Available data suggest that in 2021, cell-cultured meat and seafood companies secured $1.4 billion in capital investments, the most in a single year so far. Michele Simon, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Within the next decade, grocery stores will stock cell-cultured proteins. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 26 Apr. 2022 Both have plans to produce cell-cultured bluefin tuna, a fish that was classed as endangered until numbers began increasing in the last decade. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 7 Apr. 2022 Historically, white bourgeois women were seen as more feminine, cultured, delicate, beautiful, and precious than Black women and other women of color. Maia Niguel Hoskin, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2022 In addition to the Charter Oak’s beloved house-cultured butter, the bagels will come with chunky schmears like yellow chive and fermented onion, miso vegetable and smoked salmon, spread onto individual bagels or sold by the half pint. Jess Lander, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Mar. 2022 In his account, the Serbs come across as charming, cultured hosts, their food delicious, their countryside pastoral, their political circumstances perplexing and unearned. Ruth Franklin, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 There is even the potential for cultured thymus transplants to accompany xenotransplants, which is when animal organs are transplanted into humans. Tasnim Ahmed, CNN, 10 Mar. 2022 Carmen grew up in a prosperous and cultured household, surrounded by art, music and literature. New York Times, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cultured

circa 1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 May 2022

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“Cultured.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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