(noun) “[A] group within a larger culture that has distinctive patterns of behavior, beliefs, customs, and other distinguishing features” (Princeton University 2010).

Example: The Trekker (also called Trekkie) subculture has its own mode of dress (e.g. original series, Next Generation, etc.) beliefs (e.g. the Prime Directive), language (e.g. Klingon), and folklore (e.g. the person wearing a red shirt will not return from an away mission).

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: subcultures

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