subculture

noun
sub·​cul·​ture | \ ˈsəb-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce subculture (audio) \

Definition of subculture

1a : 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

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Other Words from subculture

subcultural \ ˌsəb-​ˈkəlch-​rəl How to pronounce subcultural (audio) , -​ˈkəl-​chə-​ \ adjective
subculturally adverb
subculture transitive verb

Examples of subculture in a Sentence

a subculture of local painters a subculture of poverty and crime

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Based in Southern California, Baffa has focused his work on surfing’s global subculture. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "New documentary, ‘Loopers,’ celebrates caddies place in golf history," 12 June 2019 The series, now in its eleventh season and on VH1, took what had been a subculture and exploded it, minting drag-queen stars, mainstreaming idioms, remaking Ru into a kind of self-help guru—and winning nine Emmys along the way. Abby Aguirre, Vogue, "How the World Fell Head Over Heels for RuPaul," 15 Apr. 2019 Coming from the skate world, Oleynik recognizes the impact that magazines have had on his own subculture, as well as many others. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This New York City Skate Brand Thinks Magazines Are Here to Stay," 14 Dec. 2018 The film takes its subject seriously, and the result is a tender, in-depth look at a subculture that is structured as a series of contrasts between dreams and reality, pretending and being—and which continues to resonate today. Vogue, "These Are the 66 Best Documentaries of All Time," 8 Aug. 2018 But to Mexican-American youth, the suit was the staple of a rebellious subculture that was defined by jazz music, swing dancing, marijuana smoking, and jive slang. Mariana Gonzalez, Teen Vogue, "How the Zoot Suit Became a Symbol of Resistance for Mexican-American People," 21 Sep. 2018 As the New Yorker deftly describes, vaping — and specifically Juuling — has become a disturbing status symbol and subculture for teens in the digital age. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Sixers stay alive vs. Celtics, supporters worry over Painted Bride, Philly is lonely | Morning Newsletter," 8 May 2018 The scooter craze sweeping the nation is now over a year old, which means its been around long enough to start producing its own distinct subcultures. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Electric scooters are inspiring lazy people to get creative," 21 Oct. 2018 The Dragon Con group is just one thread of a tapestry spread out across the subcultures obsessed with carpet and rug patterns in hotels, airports, office buildings—even movies. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "‘We’re Spending Our Hard-Earned Money to Dress Up Like Carpet.’ The Tight-Knit World of Rug Fans," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of subculture

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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subculture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of subculture

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

subculture

noun
sub·​cul·​ture | \ ˈsəb-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce subculture (audio) \

Medical Definition of subculture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from subculture

subcultural \ -​ˈkəlch-​(ə-​)rəl How to pronounce subcultural (audio) \ adjective
subculturally \ -​ē How to pronounce subculturally (audio) \ adverb

subculture

transitive verb
subcultured; subculturing

Medical Definition of subculture (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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