Meaning of “cultural” in the English Dictionary

"cultural" in British English

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culturaladjective

uk /ˈkʌl.tʃər.əl/ us /ˈkʌl.tʃɚ.əl/

cultural adjective (WAY OF LIFE)

B1 relating to the habits, traditions, and beliefs of a society:

The US is often accused of cultural imperialism.
Australia has its own cultural identity, which is very different from that of Britain.
cultural heritage (= ways of living and thinking that have existed for a long time in a society)

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  • It is a study of the social and cultural milieu in which Michelangelo lived and worked.
  • The country is now a cultural and social mosaic due to the influx of several different ethnic groups.
  • The best films are those which transcend national or cultural barriers.
  • The era was characterized by political and cultural turbulence.

cultural adjective (ART)

B1 relating to music, art, theatre, literature, etc.:

cultural activities
a cultural centre (= a place with a lot of museums, theatres, etc.)
a cultural desert/wasteland (= a place without museums, theatres, etc.)

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  • The minister said that the government planned to develop exchanges with other countries, particularly in cultural, scientific and economic spheres.
  • According to Marxist theory, a society's superstructure is its legal, social, cultural and political institutions, which are based on its economic systems.
  • They organized a series of cultural events.
  • There is an annual cultural exchange between our cities.
culturally
adverb uk /ˈkʌl.tʃər.əl.i/ us /ˈkʌl.tʃɚ.əl.i/

B2

a culturally diverse society

(Definition of “cultural” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cultural" in American English

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culturaladjective

us /ˈkʌl·tʃər·əl/

cultural adjective (OF A WAY OF LIFE)

of or referring to the way of life of a particular people, esp. as shown in their ordinary behavior and habits, their attitudes toward each other, and their moral and religious beliefs:

The country has a rich cultural heritage.

cultural adjective (OF THE ARTS)

of or referring to the literature, art, music, dance, theater, etc., that represent the traditions or the way of life of a particular people or group:

the great cultural centers of Europe
culturally
adverb us /ˈkʌl·tʃər·ə·li/

(Definition of “cultural” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cultural" in Business English

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culturaladjective

uk /ˈkʌltʃərəl/ us

relating to the habits, traditions, and beliefs of a society, a company, etc.:

Australia has its own cultural identity, which is very different from that of Britain.
The cultural identity of a company is shaped by its attitudes to its employees.
cultural diversity/differences
culturally
adverb

a culturally diverse workforce

(Definition of “cultural” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)