Definition of cultural in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkʌltʃ(ə)r(ə)l/


1Relating to the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a society: the cultural diversity of British society
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  • They embody and give significance to cultural and social differences in a society.
  • Edinburgh is a great city with a long tradition of cultural diversity and social tolerance.
  • Particular attention must be paid to differences of cultural and social attitudes.
ethnic, racial, folk;
societal, lifestyle
2Relating to the arts and to intellectual achievements: a cultural festival
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  • It seems that every town and village in France puts on cultural festivals of some type or another.
  • It is nice to know that my daughter's school is keeping up the cultural education.
  • When you buy work from a living artist you are helping to ensure continuing cultural innovation.
aesthetic, artistic, intellectual;
educational, civilizing, enlightening, edifying, enriching


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

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