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culture (ˈkʌltʃə Pronunciation for culture

Definitions

noun

  1. the total of the inherited ideas, beliefs, values, and knowledge, which constitute the shared bases of social action
  2. the total range of activities and ideas of a group of people with shared traditions, which are transmitted and reinforced by members of the group   ⇒ the Mayan culture
  3. a particular civilization at a particular period
  4. the artistic and social pursuits, expression, and tastes valued by a society or class, as in the arts, manners, dress, etc
  5. the enlightenment or refinement resulting from these pursuits
  6. the attitudes, feelings, values, and behaviour that characterize and inform society as a whole or any social group within it   ⇒ yob culture
  7. the cultivation of plants, esp by scientific methods designed to improve stock or to produce new ones
  8. (stockbreeding) the rearing and breeding of animals, esp with a view to improving the strain
  9. the act or practice of tilling or cultivating the soil
  10. (biology)
    1. the experimental growth of microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi, in a nutrient substance (culture medium), usually under controlled conditions See also culture medium
    2. a group of microorganisms grown in this way

verb (transitive)

  1. to cultivate (plants or animals)
  2. to grow (microorganisms) in a culture medium

Derived Forms

ˈculturist noun
ˈcultureless adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Old French, from Latin cultūra a cultivating, from colere to till; see cult

Translations for 'culture'

  • British English: culturePronunciation for culture Culture consists of activities such as art, music, literature, and theatre.Movies are part of our popular culture.ˈkʌltʃə NOUN
  • Arabic: ثَقَافَةPronunciation for ثَقَافَة
  • Brazilian Portuguese: culturaPronunciation for cultura
  • Chinese: 文化Pronunciation for 文化
  • Croatian: kulturaPronunciation for kultura
  • Czech: kulturaPronunciation for kultura
  • Danish: kulturPronunciation for kultur
  • Dutch: cultuurPronunciation for cultuur
  • European Spanish: culturaPronunciation for cultura
  • Finnish: kulttuuriPronunciation for kulttuuri
  • French: culturePronunciation for culture
  • German: KulturPronunciation for Kultur
  • Greek: πολιτισμόςPronunciation for πολιτισμός
  • Italian: culturaPronunciation for cultura
  • Japanese: 文化Pronunciation for 文化
  • Korean: 문화Pronunciation for 문화
  • Norwegian: kulturPronunciation for kultur
  • Polish: kulturaPronunciation for kultura
  • Portuguese: culturaPronunciation for cultura
  • Romanian: cultură culturi
  • Russian: культураPronunciation for культура
  • Spanish: culturaPronunciation for cultura
  • Swedish: kulturPronunciation for kultur
  • Thai: วัฒนธรรมPronunciation for วัฒนธรรม
  • Turkish: kültürPronunciation for kültür
  • Ukrainian: культура
  • Vietnamese: văn hóaPronunciation for văn hóa

Example Sentences Including 'culture'

East Kreuzberg, known locally by its old GDR postal code, was the heart of the city's youth culture.
Val McDermid THE LAST TEMPTATION (2002)
He's been down there off and on studying their culture for the past couple of years.
Smith, Evelyn E Miss Melville Regrets
Or maybe it was the vodka culture that brought them out of themselves.
Robert Wilson BLOOD IS DIRT (2002)
Others talked a lot about slot machines and contraception culture.
Irish Times (2002)
The piscatorial culture in Ireland seems altogether more lively than my time on Scottish waters.
Country Life (2004)
Their culture is dominated by Lutheran Protestantism with its creed of the virtues of suffering.
Dorothy Rowe BEYOND FEAR (2002)
They are also about sharing, helping people to enjoy the nature and culture of Scotland, and about creating thriving local communities.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
What we have is more like an amoral majority, a culture whose characteristic gesture is the shrug of the shoulders.
Irish Times (2002)
~I did feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to be faithful to the Jewish culture.
Glasgow Herald (2001)

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