Historical vs Cultural - What's the difference?

historical | cultural |

As adjectives the difference between historical and cultural

is that historical is pertaining to the history, to what happened in the past while cultural is pertaining to culture.

As a noun historical

is a historical romance.




(en adjective)
  • Pertaining to the history, to what happened in the past.
  • Usage notes

    * * See the usage notes about (m) for more.


    * historic

    Derived terms

    * ahistorical * art-historical


    (en noun)
  • A historical romance.
  • * 1999 , Anne K. Kaler, Rosemary E. Johnson-Kurek, Romantic Conventions , page 63:
  • However, as regular romance readers know, the romance novels that appear on the best-seller lists are not Harlequins at all, but rather historicals and contemporaries, which vary widely from the Harlequin pattern in style, plot, and character.




    (en adjective)
  • Pertaining to culture.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Sarah Glaz
  • , title= Ode to Prime Numbers , volume=101, issue=4, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Some poems, echoing the purpose of early poetic treatises on scientific principles, attempt to elucidate the mathematical concepts that underlie prime numbers. Others play with primes’ cultural associations. Still others derive their structure from mathematical patterns involving primes.}}

    Derived terms

    * culturally * intercultural * monocultural * multicultural * transcultural * cultural transmission * cultural anthropology * cultural literacy * cultural wealth * cultural evolution * cultural understanding * cultural tradition