Definition of cultural in US English:

cultural

adjective

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

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

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

Pronunciation

cultural

/ˈkəlCH(ə)rəl//ˈkəltʃ(ə)rəl/