1868, in reference to the raising of plants or animals, from Latin cultura "tillage" (see culture) + -al (1). In reference to the cultivation of the mind, from 1875; hence, "relating to civilization or a civilization." A fertile starter-word among anthropologists and sociologists, for example cultural diffusion, in use by 1912; cultural diversity by 1935; cultural imperialism by 1937; cultural pluralism by 1932; cultural relativism by 1948.
1. In New Zealand, the Maori people maintain a strong cultural tradition.
2. Traditionalists may howl, but in today's world, cultural relativism rules.
3. A rich and varied cultural life is essential for this couple.
4. Minority cultures within the United States often raised issues of cross-cultural conflict.
5. Manchester has a rich cultural, economic and sporting heritage.