The definition of acculturation is the transfer of values and customs from one group to another.

Japanese people dressing in Western clothing is an example of acculturation.


  1. the process of conditioning a child to the patterns or customs of a culture
  2. the process of becoming adapted to a new or different culture with more or less advanced patterns
  3. the mutual influence of different cultures in close contact

Origin of acculturation – ac- + cultur(e) + -ation



  1. The modification of the culture of a group or individual as a result of contact with a different culture.
  2. The process by which the culture of a particular society is instilled in a human from infancy onward.