[only before noun] very popular with a particular group of people; treating somebody/something as a cult figure, etc. a cult movie/book The singer has become a cult figure in America. The cartoon has achieved cult status. The TV series has a cult following among young people. Word Origin early 17th cent. (originally denoting homage paid to a divinity): from French culte or Latin cultus
‘worship’, from cult- ‘inhabited, cultivated, worshipped’, from the verb colere.