Definitions for cultureˈkʌl tʃər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cul•tureˈkʌl tʃər(n.; v.)-tured, -tur•ing.

  1. (n.)artistic and intellectual pursuits and products.

  2. a quality of enlightenment or refinement arising from an acquaintance with and concern for what is regarded as excellent in the arts, letters, manners, etc.

  3. development or improvement of the mind by education or training.

  4. the sum total of ways of living built up by a group of human beings and transmitted from one generation to another.

    Category: Sociology, Anthropology

  5. a particular form or stage of civilization, as that of a nation or period:

    Greek culture.

  6. the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group:

    youth culture; the drug culture.

    Category: Sociology

  7. the cultivation of microorganisms or tissues for scientific study, medicinal use, etc. the product or growth resulting from such cultivation.

    Category: Biology

  8. the act or practice of cultivating the soil.

    Category: Agriculture

  9. the raising of plants or animals, esp. with a view to their improvement.

    Category: Agriculture

  10. (v.t.)to subject to culture; cultivate.

  11. to grow (microorganisms, tissues, etc.) in or on a controlled or defined medium. to introduce (living material) into a culture medium.

    Category: Biology

Origin of culture:

1400–50; (< AF) < L cultūra. See cult , -ure

Princeton's WordNet

  1. culture, civilization, civilisation(noun)

    a particular society at a particular time and place

    "early Mayan civilization"

  2. culture(noun)

    the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group

  3. acculturation, culture(noun)

    all the knowledge and values shared by a society

  4. culture(noun)

    (biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium (such as gelatin or agar)

    "the culture of cells in a Petri dish"

  5. polish, refinement, culture, cultivation, finish(noun)

    a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality

    "they performed with great polish"; "I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"; "almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"--Joseph Conrad

  6. culture(noun)

    the attitudes and behavior that are characteristic of a particular social group or organization

    "the developing drug culture"; "the reason that the agency is doomed to inaction has something to do with the FBI culture"

  7. culture(verb)

    the raising of plants or animals

    "the culture of oysters"

  8. culture(verb)

    grow in a special preparation

    "the biologist grows microorganisms"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. culture(noun)ˈkʌl tʃər

    the customs, traditions, art, and behaviors of a society or group

    two countries with very different cultures; American/Western/Asian etc. culture

  2. cultureˈkʌl tʃər

    the difficulty of dealing with living in a new culture

  3. cultureˈkʌl tʃər

    the behaviors and beliefs of an organization

    the intention to change the company culture; a culture of corruption

  4. cultureˈkʌl tʃər

    the arts, literature, drama, film, etc.

    a city full of culture; articles on pop culture and celebrities


  1. culture(Noun)

    The arts, customs, and habits that characterize a particular society or nation.

  2. culture(Noun)

    The beliefs, values, behaviour and material objects that constitute a people's way of life.

  3. culture(Noun)

    The process of growing a bacterial or other biological entity in an artificial medium.

  4. culture(Noun)

    Any knowledge passed from one generation to the next, not necessarily with respect to human beings.

  5. culture(Noun)

    The collective noun for a group of bacteria.

  6. culture(Noun)


    The Culture of Spring-Flowering Bulbs

  7. culture(Noun)

    The language and peculiarities of a geographical location.

    A culture is the combination of the language that you speak and the geographical location you belong to. It also includes the way you represent dates, times and currencies. ... Examples: en-UK, en-US, de-AT, fr-BE, etc.

  8. culture(Verb)

    To maintain in an environment suitable for growth (especially of bacteria).

  9. culture(Verb)

    To increase the artistic or scientific interest (in something).

  10. Origin: From cultura, from cultus, perfect passive participle of colo (related to colonus and colonia), from earlier *, from kʷel-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Culture(noun)

    the act or practice of cultivating, or of preparing the earth for seed and raising crops by tillage; as, the culture of the soil

  2. Culture(noun)

    the act of, or any labor or means employed for, training, disciplining, or refining the moral and intellectual nature of man; as, the culture of the mind

  3. Culture(noun)

    the state of being cultivated; result of cultivation; physical improvement; enlightenment and discipline acquired by mental and moral training; civilization; refinement in manners and taste

  4. Culture(verb)

    to cultivate; to educate


  1. Culture

    Culture is a modern concept based on a term first used in classical antiquity by the Roman orator Cicero: "cultura animi". The term "culture" appeared first in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries, to connote a process of cultivation or improvement, as in agriculture or horticulture. In the 19th century, the term developed to refer first to the betterment or refinement of the individual, especially through education, and then to the fulfillment of national aspirations or ideals. In the mid-19th century, some scientists used the term "culture" to refer to a universal human capacity. For the German nonpositivist sociologist Georg Simmel, culture referred to "the cultivation of individuals through the agency of external forms which have been objectified in the course of history". In the 20th century, "culture" emerged as a central concept in anthropology, encompassing the range of human phenomena that cannot be attributed to genetic inheritance. Specifically, the term "culture" in American anthropology had two meanings: ⁕the evolved human capacity to classify and represent experiences with symbols, and to act imaginatively and creatively; and ⁕the distinct ways that people living differently classified and represented their experiences, and acted creatively.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Culture

    A collective expression for all behavior patterns acquired and socially transmitted through symbols. Culture includes customs, traditions, and language.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. culture

    A feature of the terrain that has been constructed by man. Included are such items as roads, buildings, and canals; boundary lines; and, in a broad sense, all names and legends on a map.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A degree of mental development that produces tailor-made women, fantastically-sheared poodles and dock tailed horses.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'culture' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1151

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'culture' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3460

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'culture' in Nouns Frequency: #436

Translations for culture

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a form or type of civilization of a certain race or nation

the Jewish culture.

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