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cultured

[kuhl-cherd] /ˈkʌl tʃərd/
adjective
1.
enlightened; refined.
2.
artificially nurtured or grown:
cultured bacteria.
3.
cultivated; tilled.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; culture + -ed2
Related forms
noncultured, adjective
overcultured, adjective
semicultured, adjective
well-cultured, adjective
Can be confused
cultivated, cultured.
Synonyms
1. polished, sophisticated, elegant, genteel.
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British Dictionary definitions for well-cultured

cultured

/ˈkʌltʃəd/
adjective
1.
showing or having good taste, manners, upbringing, and education
2.
artificially grown or synthesized: cultured pearls
3.
(sport) of superior quality, as though the product of special training: a cultured left foot, a cultured backhand
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Word Origin and History for well-cultured

cultured

adj.

1743 in the literal sense of "cultivated," of land, etc., past participle adjective from culture; meaning "developed under controlled natural conditions" is from 1906, originally of pearls. Meaning "improved by exposure to intellectual culture" is from 1777.

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