Meaning of “cult” in the English Dictionary

"cult" in British English

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uk /kʌlt/ us /kʌlt/

cultadjective [ before noun ]

uk /kʌlt/ us /kʌlt/

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

"cult" in American English

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cultnoun [ C ]

us /kʌlt/

a system of religious belief, esp. one not recognized as an established religion, or the people who worship according to such a system of belief:

People considered him a brilliant cult leader and con man.

A cult is also something that is very popular with some people, or a particular set of beliefs or behavior:

a cult movie
the cult of celebrity

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