in·​ter·​cul·​tur·​al ˌin-tər-ˈkəlch-rəl How to pronounce intercultural (audio)
variants or less commonly inter-cultural
: occurring between or involving two or more cultures (see culture entry 1 sense 5b)
intercultural differences
an intercultural gathering
: occurring during the growing period between sowing and harvesting
intercultural operations including weeding, pruning, and fertilizing
of a crop : cultivated between the rows of another crop
intercultural beans
interculturally adverb
or less commonly inter-culturally
In transcription, the concerns of most scholars have led to the emphasis of interculturally relevant over culture-specific content. Ter Ellingson

Examples of intercultural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Castellanos later welcomed him into D-Projects, a contemporary dance and theater company that looks at social issues through the lens of intercultural performance. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2023 Particular attention is reserved for multilingualism and intercultural dialogue, further fostered by the various cultural and interest-based societies, which allow for advocacy and independent student activities. Foreign Affairs, 21 Aug. 2023 This childhood experience of the horrors of war would fuel his lifelong commitment to fostering intercultural understanding through art. Ana Iwataki, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023 And there are also degree programs in sort of broader areas that could be considered or could encapsulate DEI, things like intercultural or multicultural diversity studies. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 6 Feb. 2023 Language and intercultural competence can be especially useful, as can studies in the analytics of governing common resource spaces. Foreign Affairs, 3 Aug. 2022 Any intercultural project in Israel — where many Arabs complain of systemic discrimination by Jews, and many Jews fear they will never be accepted by Arabs — has the potential to feel either resonant or contrived. New York Times, 23 July 2022 Judging by the rich burial gifts, the tombs belonged to families of the city’s ruling class who took part in the export of copper and intercultural trade. Saman Shafiq, USA TODAY, 7 July 2023 The series is a collection of murals that combine realism with expressionism to depict the unifying intricacies of interpersonal and intercultural relationships, the artist said. Sydney Carruth,, 2 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of intercultural was in 1878

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Cite this Entry

“Intercultural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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