• (America) IPA: /ˈkʌlt͡ʃɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkʌlt͡ʃə/


  1. The arts, customs, lifestyles, background, and habits that characterize a particular society or nation.
  2. The beliefs, values, behaviour and material objects that constitute a people's way of life.
  3. The conventional conducts and ideologies of a community; the system comprising of the accepted norms and values of a society.
  4. (anthropology) Any knowledge passed from one generation to the next, not necessarily with respect to human beings.
  5. (botany) Cultivation.
      The Culture of Spring-Flowering Bulbs
  6. (microbiology) The process of growing a bacterial or other biological entity in an artificial medium.
  7. The growth thus produced.
    I'm headed to the lab to make sure my cell culture hasn't died.
  8. A group of bacteria.
  9. (cartography) The details on a map that do not represent natural features of the area delineated, such as names and the symbols for towns, roads, meridians, and parallels.
  10. (archaeology) A recurring assemblage of artifacts from a specific time and place that may constitute the material culture remains of a particular past human society.
Related terms Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: cultura
  • Russian: культу́ра
Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: cultura
  • Russian: культу́ра

culture (cultures, present participle culturing; past and past participle cultured)

  1. (transitive) to maintain in an environment suitable for growth (especially of bacteria) (compare cultivate)
  2. (transitive) to increase the artistic or scientific interest (in something) (compare cultivate)

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