Culture is an abstract concept, easily used and hardly explained to the full when used. Read this article, an oldy, though quite okay.

Always funny to look-up words in the ‘old’ dictionaries: When “culture” first appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary around 1430 it meant “cultivation” or “tending thesoil,”basedontheLatinculture.Intothe19th century “culture” was associated with the phrase “high culture,” meaning the cultivation or “refinement of mind, taste, and manners.”This generally held to the mid-20th century when its meaning shifted toward its present American Heritage English Dictionary definition: “The totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought.”