subculture

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noun sub·cul·ture \ˈsəb-ˌkəl-chər\

Definition of subculture

  1. 1a :  a culture (as of bacteria) derived from another cultureb :  an act or instance of producing a subculture

  2. 2 :  an ethnic, regional, economic, or social group exhibiting characteristic patterns of behavior sufficient to distinguish it from others within an embracing culture or society <a criminal subculture>

subcultural

play \-ˈkəlch-rəl, -ˈkəl-chə-\ adjective

subculturally

adverb

subculture

transitive verb

Examples of subculture in a sentence

  1. a subculture of local painters

  2. a subculture of poverty and crime

Did You Know?

This common meaning of subculture (it has an older biological meaning) only appeared in the 1930s, and for about 20 years it was used mostly by sociologists, psychologists, and anthropologists. But in the 1950s, as America's wealth led to more and more teenagers getting their own cars and thus their independence, not to mention the arrival of rock 'n' roll, people noticed something unusual happening among young people, and began to speak of the "youth subculture". As the country's wealth and freedom of movement continued to increase, we realized that the U.S. had become home to a large number of subcultures. Today the Web makes possible more than anyone could have dreamed of back in the 1950s. When we happen to stumble on a subculture—bodybuilders, Trekkies, hackers, Airstreamers, anime lovers, motocross enthusiasts—we may realize with astonishment that we had never even imagined that it might exist.

1886

First Known Use of subculture

1886


SUBCULTURE Defined for English Language Learners

subculture

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noun sub·cul·ture \ˈsəb-ˌkəl-chər\

Definition of subculture for English Language Learners

  • : a group that has beliefs and behaviors that are different from the main groups within a culture or society


Medical Dictionary

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subculture

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noun sub·cul·ture \ˈsəb-ˌkəl-chər\

Medical Definition of subculture

  1. 1:  a culture (as of bacteria) derived from another culture

  2. 2:  an act or instance of producing a subculture

subcultural

\-ˈkəlch-(ə-)rəl\play adjective

subculturally

\-ē\play adverb

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subculture

transitive verb sub·cul·ture

Medical Definition of subculture

subcultured

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subculturing

  1. :  to culture (as bacteria) anew on a fresh medium by inoculation from an older culture



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