subculture

noun
sub·cul·ture | \ ˈsəb-ˌkəl-chər \

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, -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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Plus, as anyone who’s spent time in them discovers, nerd subcultures can be some of the most toxic places in existence. Simon Abrams, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dissecting 'Ready Player One' and Its Biggest Problem," 1 Apr. 2018 Like some real-life martial artists, gamers in this subculture often look on tournaments as corruptions of their art that prioritize victory over mastery. Chris Goto-jones, The Atlantic, "Practicing for Enlightenment With Video Games," 27 Mar. 2018 No one was getting any money then, so these guys were risking their lives to get their name out into the subculture. Cole Louison, GQ, "Agenda Trade Show Founder Aaron Levant's Long, Strange Trip," 3 Apr. 2018 The tour, which melded ska, punk, skating and other DIY subcultures in a wave of camaraderie, volume and sweat, has been going every summer since 1995. John Adamian, courant.com, "Britney Spears, Tory Lanez, Kimya Dawson: Seven Concert Highlights," 7 July 2018 What to watch Paris is Burning is Jennie Livingston’s 1991 documentary about the subculture of black and Latinx gay men and transgender women who competed in drag balls in New York City in the late 1980s. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Get ready for Ryan Murphy’s Pose by watching Paris is Burning this weekend," 1 June 2018 Matching tattoos have long been part of a fraternity subculture in the Sheriff’s Department, dating at least to 1971 with the Little Devils at the East Los Angeles station. Joel Rubin, latimes.com, "After decades of problems, new allegations surface of a secret clique within L.A. County Sheriff's Department," 10 July 2018 And not just in the US—what started as a Southern California subculture is now a bona fide global phenomenon and will be an official Olympic sport for the first time in the 2020 Tokyo Games. John Vorwald, GQ, "How Vans Got Everyone Wearing Vans Again," 4 May 2018 Worn by models like Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, and Penelope Tree, Quant's playful and subversive designs reached a generation ready to shun tradition and embrace its own subcultures and identities. refinery29.com, "Mary Quant, Mini Skirt Purveyor, Is Being Honored With A Fashion Exhibit," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of subculture

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of subculture was in 1885

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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 \

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 \ adjective
subculturally \ \ 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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