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From Middle French culture (cultivation; culture), from Latin cultūra (cultivation; culture), from cultus, perfect passive participle of colō (till, cultivate, worship) (related to colōnus and colōnia), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷel- (to move; to turn (around)).


  • IPA(key): /kʏlˈtyr/, [kʏlˈtyːr]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -yr
  • Hyphenation: cul‧tuur


cultuur f (plural culturen, diminutive cultuurtje n)

  1. culture (practices and beliefs particular to a society or group)
  2. culture (arts, historic heritage and media as a sector)
  3. culture, cultivation (tillage of crops)
  4. culture (collective of microorganisms)
  5. culture (collection of artificially bred bacteria or fungi)

Derived terms[edit]

  • urnenveldencultuur
  • Hallstatt-cultuur
  • La Tène-cultuur
  • Related terms[edit]