Definition of culturalist in US English:

culturalist

noun

  • 1A person who cultivates or rears plants, fish, etc.

  • 2A sociologist or anthropologist who emphasizes the importance of culture in determining individual behaviour and the way in which society functions.

  • 3An expert in or student of human culture; specifically a cultural anthropologist.

  • 4A person who advocates the interests of his or her own culture, especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other cultures.

adjective

  • 1Social Sciences. Involving or characterized by emphasis on the importance of culture in determining individual behaviour and the way in which society functions.

  • 2Characterized by advocacy of the interests of one's own culture, especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other cultures; characterized by discrimination against people from other cultures.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From cultural + -ist. With later use compare culturalism.