What does culture mean?

Definitions for culture
ˈkʌl tʃərcul·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. culture, civilization, civilisationnoun

    a particular society at a particular time and place

    "early Mayan civilization"

  2. culturenoun

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

  3. acculturation, culturenoun

    all the knowledge and values shared by a society

  4. culturenoun

    (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, finishnoun

    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. culturenoun

    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. cultureverb

    the raising of plants or animals

    "the culture of oysters"

  8. cultureverb

    grow in a special preparation

    "the biologist grows microorganisms"


  1. Culturenoun

    (Biol.) (a) The cultivation of bacteria or other organisms (such as fungi or eukaryotic cells from mulitcellular organisms) in artificial media or under artificial conditions. (b) The collection of organisms resulting from such a cultivation. The growth of cells obtained from multicellular animals or plants in artificial media is called tissue culture.


  1. culturenoun

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

  2. culturenoun

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

  3. culturenoun

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

  4. culturenoun

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

  5. culturenoun

    The collective noun for a group of bacteria.

  6. culturenoun


    The Culture of Spring-Flowering Bulbs

  7. culturenoun

    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. cultureverb

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

  9. cultureverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CULTUREnoun

    Etymology: cultura, Latin.

    Give us seed unto our heart, and culture to our understanding, that there may come fruit of it. 2 Esd viii. 6.

    These three last were slower than the ordinary wheat of itself, and this culture did rather retard than advance. Francis Bacon.

    The plough was not invented ’till after the deluge; the earth requiring little or no care or culture, but yielding its increase freely, and without labour and toil. John Woodward.

    Where grows? —— Where grows it not? If vain our toil,
    We ought to blame the culture, not the soil.
    Fix’d to no spot is happiness sincere. Alexander Pope, Essay on Man.

    They rose as vigorous as the sun;
    Then to the culture of the willing glebe. James Thomson, Spring.

    One might wear any passion out of a family by culture, as skilful gardeners blot a colour out of a tulip that hurts its beauty. Tatler, №. 75.

  2. To Cultureverb

    To cultivate; to manure; to till. It is used by Thomson, but without authority.

    Etymology: from the noun.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Culturenoun

    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. Culturenoun

    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. Culturenoun

    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. Cultureverb

    to cultivate; to educate

  5. Etymology: [F. culture, L. cultura, fr. colere to till, cultivate; of uncertain origin. Cf. Colony.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Culture

    kul′tūr, n. cultivation: the state of being cultivated: refinement the result of cultivation.—v.t. to cultivate: to improve.—adjs. Cul′turable; Cul′tural.—p.adj. Cul′tured, cultivated: well educated: refined.—adj. Cul′tureless. [L. cultūracolĕre.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. culture

    The belief, attitude, behavior, morals, ethics, family values, knowledge, teamwork, unity and love within a community, family, workplace, society, country or globally.

    The culture we are reared with has a joyful effect on us.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of culture in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of culture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of culture in a Sentence

  1. Ariana Grande:

    [ It ] might not work in a way that's easy to quantify, but I do feel like it pushes the culture forward when people see, you know, an Ariana Grande and a Nicki Minaj hanging out or Beyoncé and a Rihanna being in the same area, that changes the conversation.

  2. Thierry Roland:

    We are adding selectively. It is about hiring people who are going to blend into the culture.

  3. Thiruman Archunan:

    Fear of nature led to society. Hatred among men led to culture. Envy among women led to virtue!

  4. Dan Crenshaw:

    We could have lashed out, right. We could have given in to the outrage culture as we've all come to know it. But it's not who I am.

  5. Guillaume Bigot:

    France is a country of men who love women, seduction is a profound part of our national identity ... the culture of the ‘French lover’ and the ‘French kiss’ is in danger because of political correctness.

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