en·​cul·​tur·​a·​tion in-ˌkəl-chə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce enculturation (audio) (ˌ)en- How to pronounce enculturation (audio)
: the process by which an individual learns the traditional content of a culture and assimilates its practices and values

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Thomas also points to the hidden curriculum and the ease that comes with lifelong enculturation. Cathleen O’grady, Science | AAAS, 1 Apr. 2021

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Word History


en- entry 1 + culture entry 1 + -ation, perhaps after acculturation

Note: Word promulgated, if not introduced, by the American anthropologist Melville J. Herskovits (1895-1963) in Man and His Works: The Science of Cultural Anthropology (New York, 1948).

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of enculturation was in 1948

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“Enculturation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enculturation. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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