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



BrE BrE//kʌlt//
; NAmE NAmE//kʌlt//
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[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 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.
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