subculture

noun sub·cul·ture \ ˈsəb-ˌkəl-chər \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of subculture

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

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

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First Known Use of subculture

1885


SUBCULTURE Defined for English Language Learners

subculture

noun

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

noun sub·cul·ture \ ˈsəb-ˌkəl-chər \

medical Definition of subculture

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

subcultural

play \-ˈkəlch-(ə-)rəl\ adjective

subculturally

play \\ adverb

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subculture

transitive verb

medical Definition of subculture

subcultured; subculturing
:to culture (as bacteria) anew on a fresh medium by inoculation from an older culture


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