Definition of subculture
1a : a culture (as of bacteria) derived from another cultureb : an act or instance of producing a subculture
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
subculturalplay \-ˈkəlch-rəl, -ˈkəl-chə-\ adjective
Examples of subculture in a Sentence
a subculture of local painters
a subculture of poverty and crime
Recent Examples of subculture from the Web
But in both images, Burra used form and content to communicate the joie de vivre of gay subcultures.
Michael Amato is intrigued by the photography of subcultures: Mike Brodie's Polaroid chronicles of train-hoppers, Anton Kusters' immersion into the Yakuza, Morgan Ashcom's images of skateboard-riding anarchists.
This!, a documentary on the VHS subculture that debuted this week at SXSW.
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First Known Use of subculture
SUBCULTURE Defined for English Language Learners
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 Definition of subculture
: to culture (as bacteria) anew on a fresh medium by inoculation from an older culture
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