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
Pepe the Frog, a symbol of Alt-Right online communities, appears on a sign at a Trump rally (Reuters: Carlo Allegri) An entertaining new book explores the roots and rise of the Internet’s most infamous subculture.
Indeed, press reports in the late 19th century are riddled with depictions of a complex and thriving gay subculture.
Coach came of age as American style and subcultures and counter-cultures were forming.
Groups of young people had spent years building and participating in what felt to them like an independent subculture.
The debate happening in this Payne Land courtyard is playing out across the country among subcultures and communities of women who, on both sides of the issue, are grappling with what beauty really means—and what sacrifices are worth making for it.
Built to Fail, premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Saturday, explores the fashion phenom that has gone from the subcultures of the skate and punk movement to a mainstream $70 billion industry.
Spaces that have traditionally been held for — and by — subcultures have lost their character as new residents seek out places that aren’t dominated by sunglasses-indoors-throwing-their-money-around dudes.
That’s because much of the novel is written using Nadsat, a dystopian teenage subculture language fusing British rhyming slang and Russian that Burgess created for the book.
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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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