Definition of cult noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kʌlt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kʌlt//
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  1. 1[usually singular] cult (of something) a way of life, an attitude, an idea, etc. that has become very popular the cult of physical fitness An extraordinary personality cult had been created around the leader.
  2. 2 a small group of people who have extreme religious beliefs and who are not part of any established religion Their son ran away from home and joined a cult.
  3. 3 (formal) a system of religious beliefs and practices the Chinese cult of ancestor worship
  4. Word Originearly 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.Extra examples The book achieved cult status as soon as it was published. The show has built up a cult following. the cult of youth the members of a religious cult the personality cult of the president
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cult