sub·​cult | \ ˈsəb-ˌkəlt How to pronounce subcult (audio) \
variants: or sub-cult
plural subcults or sub-cults

Definition of subcult

: a cult that is part of a larger cult an extremist subcult One of the most powerful agents of the behavior cult is the subcult of work, which focuses on the amount of energy people expend.— Thomas F. Gilbert … a time when almost everybody in the country has more clothes than they can keep track of, and when fashion has splintered into a zillion subcults— Patricia McLaughlin

First Known Use of subcult

1895, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about subcult

Time Traveler for subcult

Time Traveler

The first known use of subcult was in 1895

See more words from the same year

Statistics for subcult

Cite this Entry

“Subcult.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on subcult

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with subcult

Comments on subcult

What made you want to look up subcult? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!