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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun culture:


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Definition of the noun culture

What does culture mean as a name of something?

Culture is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: cultures

  1. a particular society at a particular time and place
  2. the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group
  3. all the knowledge and values shared by a society
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of culture: acculturation
    • more generic terms: cognitive content / content / mental object = the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
    • more specific word: meme = a cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one person to another by non-genetic means
  4. (biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium (such as gelatin or agar)
    • example: the culture of cells in a Petri dish
    • domain: biological science / biology
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: development / growing / growth / maturation / ontogenesis / ontogeny = the process of an individual organism growing organically
    • more specific word: starter = a culture containing yeast or bacteria that is used to start the process of fermentation or souring in making butter or cheese or dough
  5. a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality
  6. the attitudes and behavior that are characteristic of a particular social group or organization
    • examples: the developing drug culture | the reason that the agency is doomed to inaction has something to do with the FBI culture
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic terms: attitude / mental attitude = a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways
    • more specific terms:
      • cyberculture = the culture that emerges from the use of computers for communication and entertainment and business
      • Kalashnikov culture = the attitudes and behavior in a social group that resolves political disputes by force of arms
      • mosaic culture = a highly diverse culture
  7. the raising of plants or animals
    • example: the culture of oysters
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: cultivation = production of food by preparing the land to grow crops
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the noun culture


  1. The arts, customs, 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. [microbiology] The process of growing a bacterial or other biological entity in an artificial medium.
  4. [anthropology] Any knowledge passed from one generation to the next, not necessarily with respect to human beings.
  5. The collective noun for a group of bacteria.
  6. [botany] cultivation
  7. [computing] The language and peculiarities of a geographical location.

Definition of the verb culture

What does culture mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: cultured | culturing | cultures

  1. grow in a special preparation
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: grow = cause to grow or develop

Alternative definition of the verb culture


  1. [transitive] To maintain in an environment suitable for growth (especially of bacteria).
  2. [transitive] To increase the artistic or scientific interest (in something).


  1. Culture are a Jamaican roots reggae group founded in 1976. Originally they were known as the African Disciples. The one constant member until his death in 2006 was Joseph Hill.
    • also known as Culture -, Culture - ONE STONE
    • members:
    • genres: Reggae, Roots reggae
    • albums: "Two Sevens Clash", "International Herb", "17 Chapters of Culture", "Trod On", "Chanting On", "Culture in Dub", "Heteronome", "Humble African", "Lion Rock", "More Culture", "One Stone", "Ras Portraits", "World Peace", "Baldhead Bridge", "Culture at Work", "Cumbolo", "Good Things", "Harder Than the Rest", "Live 98", "Nuff Crisis!", "Shanachie", "The Production Something: The 12" Mixes", "Three Sides to My Story", "Wings of a Dove", "Cultural Livity - Live Culture '98", "Stoned", "Payday", "Culture & The Deejay's at Joe Gibbs 1977-1979", "In Culture", "Trust Me", "Too Long in Slavery", "Africa Stand Alone"
    • official website:
  2. Culture was a Florida-based vegan/straight edge hardcore band. They formed in 1992, and lasted until 1998, when Damien Moyal merged the remaining members into the second incarnation of As Friends Rust.

There are other groups with in their name, like Low culture, Culture Beat, Mono Culture, Black Culture, Cross Culture, Culture Clash, Drown Culture, Jesus Culture, Culture Kultür, Culture Reject, Vulture Culture, Jennifer Culture, Elastique Culture, Resistant Culture, Shades of Culture, Trendz of Culture, Hustlers of Culture, House of Low Culture and The Pop Culture Suicides.


Who is Culture?

Culture is a Canadian-Bahamian hip hop rapper and reggae artist. His biggest chart success has been "Africa" with Karl Wolf. The song was recorded for Karl Wolf's second studio album Bite the Bullet. This version is based on the original 1982 "Africa" song by Toto.


  1. "Culture" is a musical album of Cerrone.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  2. "Culture" is a musical album of Liquid.
    • released on (19 years ago)
  3. "Culture" is a musical album of Rename.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  4. "Culture" is a musical EP of Brian Brain.
    • released on (34 years ago)
  5. "Culture" is a musical album of Chris Spheeris.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  6. "Culture" is a musical album of The Cripples.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  7. "Culture" is a composition.


  1. "Culture" is a book by Adam Kuper.
    • also known as "Culture: the anthropologists' account"
    • genres: Philosophy, Sociology
    • subjects: Anthropology, Culture, Geography, Cultural anthropology, Ethnology, Cultural studies
  2. "Culture" is a book by Ezra Pound.
  3. "Culture" is a book by Raymond Williams.
  4. "Culture" is a book by Charles William Nuckolls.
    • also known as "Culture: a problem that cannot be solved"


"Culture" is a 1997 comedy, short film directed and written by Josh Gordon, Will Speck.


  1. Culture is a concept based on a term first used in classical antiquity by the Roman orator Cicero: "cultura animi". This non-agricultural use of the term "culture" re-appeared in modern Europe in the 17th century referring to the betterment or refinement of individuals, especially through education. During the 18th and 19th century it came to refer more frequently to the common reference points of whole peoples, and discussion of the term was often connected to national aspirations or ideals. Some scientists such as Edward Tylor used the term "culture" to refer to a universal human capacity.
    • also known as Kebudayaan, Kultur
  2. Culture: The rock art culture associated with the cave painting.

Phrases with Culture

Phrases starting with the word Culture:

  1. Culture war
  2. culture shock
  3. culture medium

Phrases ending with the word Culture:

  1. Gun Culture
  2. Lad culture
  3. Pop Culture
  4. Dark culture
  5. drip culture
  6. Folk culture
  7. High culture
  8. mass culture
  9. Haute Culture
  10. youth culture
  11. aegean culture
  12. clovis culture
  13. Coffee culture
  14. folsom culture
  15. minoan culture
  16. mosaic culture
  17. Tissue culture

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Culture

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Google previewThe Journal of Education (1915)

Culture is the bloom of education, the flowering of the shrub, the blossoming of the fruit, the glow upon the cheek. Education is...

Google previewThe WorldatWork Handbook of Compensation, Benefits and Total Rewards (2007)

A Comprehensive Guide for HR Professionals by WorldatWork

Culture is the one component often taken for granted in an organization's rewards program.

Culture is an integral part of the “work-life” component that focuses on the individual needs of the employee.

Culture is a major resource for determining what the employees expect and what the organization is willing and able to ...

Google previewCulture vs. Copyright (2014)

A Diary of a Naive Philosopher by Anatoly Volynets

For example, “culture is the development of the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group” or “culture is the development of the attitudes and behavior that are characteristic of a particular social group or organization” or ...

Google previewSymbolism in Terrorism (2014)

Motivation, Communication, and Behavior by Jonathan Matusitz

CULTURE: DEFINITION Culture is the social construction and historical transmission of patterns of symbols, denotations,

Google previewGreen Culture (2011)

An A-to-Z Guide by Kevin Wehr

Culture is a set of common human practices (like saying “bless you” after someone sneezes), but is also a set of dispositions or ways of seeing (or not seeing) the world around us. The need to acknowledge that someone has sneezed, and to ...

Google previewJoseph Conrad and the Anthropological Dilemma (1995)

"bewildered Traveller" by John Wylie Griffith

work culture is that fragile concept that stands against the tide of recidivism.

Google previewIndustrial Psychology

Originally an anthropological term, culture refers to the underlying values, beliefs and codes of practice that makes a community what it is.

Meaning of Organizational Culture Organizational culture is the workplace environment formulated from the intersection of the...

Google previewSpectral Nationality (2012)

Passages of Freedom from Kant to Postcolonial Literatures of Liberation by Pheng Cheah

Instead, national culture is the territorialization of freedom's auto-causality.

A meaningful culture is the one born out of the present hopes and especially the hopes of an impoverished peasantry, and that...

such culture is a source of sustenance for organized anti-imperialist politics, which necessarily involves “the patriotic ...

Google previewParents And Professionals In Early Childhood Settings (2011)

by Mac Naughton, Glenda, Hughes, Patrick

Culture is a complex concept with many different meanings. Many people define a culture in...

Google previewA Short Course in International Business Culture (2009)

Building Your International Business Through Cultural Awareness by Charles Mitchell

CULTURE IS THE GLUE , if you will, that holds an organization together.

Google previewAlcohol in Popular Culture: An Encyclopedia (2010)

An Encyclopedia by Rachel Black

Coming onto the college scene, where students experience freedom to act for themselves like adults, drinking is not only encouraged but expected in college culture. Among college students, binge drinking has become an issue.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Indo-European Culture (1997)

by Douglas Q. Adams

KEMI OBA CULTURE One of the constituent elements of the Kurgan tradition, the Kemi Oba culture dates c 3700-2200 BC. It occupied the Crimea (it derives its name from a kurgan burial in the peninsula) and the area immediately north, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Consumer Culture (2011)

by Dale Southerton

Youth culture is a concept that refers to the collective cultural practices of young people who may use elements of consumption as a means of establishing an identity in contrast with, and perhaps in opposition to, the mainstream. Given that the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture (2004)

by Cordelia Candelaria

The point to be emphasized is that the idea of a traditional nonchanging Latina/o culture is an illusion, and this is true as well for the basic core family unit. The familia has changed to adapt to changing times and influences, just as have ...

Google previewDictionary of Race, Ethnicity and Culture (2003)

by Guido Bolaffi

New Ethnicities and Urban Culture, UCL Press, London. Bauman , Z. (1987) Legislators and Interpreters: On Modernity, Postmodernity and Intellectuals, Polity Press, Cambridge. Bauman, Z. (1991) Modernity and Ambivalence, ...

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Quotes about Culture

If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture - not only national culture but global culture. (Barbara Kruger)
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Scrabble value of C3U1L1T1U1R1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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