Definition of cultural in US English:



  • 1Relating to the ideas, customs, and social behavior of a society.

    ‘the cultural diversity of the world's peoples’
    • ‘Conservationists claim the idea is cultural vandalism that will rip the heart out of the town.’
    • ‘Some of us saw this new cultural context coming, but we are all, finally, surprised by it.’
    • ‘Social and cultural trends that used to take years to cross the Atlantic are speeding up.’
    • ‘Modern societies are said to be characterized by deep diversity and cultural pluralism.’
    • ‘Even in my street, there is great cultural diversity.’
    • ‘As a free marketeer, I hate monopoly of any sort, be it economic, cultural or social.’
    • ‘The point about understanding across cultural and social boundaries is important.’
    • ‘Legal norms capture and reinforce deep cultural norms and community practices.’
    • ‘That is, they are interested in how any society conceives its cultural substratum.’
    • ‘He did not preserve them as cultural heritage.’
    • ‘Particular attention must be paid to differences of cultural and social attitudes.’
    • ‘Edinburgh is a great city with a long tradition of cultural diversity and social tolerance.’
    • ‘Thus they represented a social and cultural nostalgia for faith and community.’
    • ‘This is a complex social and cultural problem which will not be solved by hasty legislation.’
    • ‘Some readily assumed a new cultural identity; others resisted assimilation of this kind.’
    • ‘They embody and give significance to cultural and social differences in a society.’
    • ‘Today the phenomenon could be more accurately described as cultural imperialism.’
    • ‘But Western philosophy preaches that cultural relativism starts from one's own.’
    • ‘They contribute greatly to the cultural, social and economic life of our country.’
    • ‘They are the social and cultural core of rural life and their supporters run into seven figures.’
    ethnic, racial, folk
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 Relating to the arts and to intellectual achievements.
      ‘a cultural festival’
      • ‘When you buy work from a living artist you are helping to ensure continuing cultural innovation.’
      • ‘It is nice to know that my daughter's school is keeping up the cultural education.’
      • ‘Each of these discovered a new aesthetic through the gradual decay of its high cultural forms.’
      • ‘So what does he think of the cultural climate in Scotland for young artists now?’
      • ‘It seems that every town and village in France puts on cultural festivals of some type or another.’
      aesthetic, artistic, intellectual
      View synonyms


Mid 19th century: from Latin cultura ‘tillage’ + -al.