Simple Definition of intellect
: the ability to think in a logical way
: a very smart person : a person whose intellect is well developed
Examples of intellect in a sentence
She is a woman of superior intellect.
She has a sharp intellect.
We were required to read a book every week in order to develop our intellects.
music that appeals to the intellect while still satisfying the emotions
Origin of intellect
Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin intellectus, from intellegere to understand — more at intelligent
First Known Use: 14th century
Rhymes with intellect
acrolect, architect, birth defect, circumspect, deselect, dialect, disaffect, disconnect, disinfect, disrespect, edge effect, genuflect, grapholect, incorrect, indirect, in effect, interject, intersect, introject, introspect, lake effect, misdirect, preselect, re-collect, recollect, redirect, reelect, resurrect, retrospect, self-respect, side effect, turtlenecked, vivisect
INTELLECT Defined for Kids
Definition of intellect for Students
1 : the ability to think and understand <She has a superior intellect.>
2 : a person with great powers of thinking and reasoning
Medical Definition of intellect
1: the power of knowing as distinguished from the power to feel and to will : the capacity for knowledge
2: the capacity for rational or intelligent thought
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