Simple Definition of ivory tower
: a place or situation in which people make and discuss theories about problems (such as poverty and racism) without having any experience with those problems
Full Definition of ivory tower
1 : an impractical often escapist attitude marked by aloof lack of concern with or interest in practical matters or urgent problems
2 : a secluded place that affords the means of treating practical issues with an impractical often escapist attitude; especially : a place of learning
ivory–towerishplay \-ˈtau̇-(ə-)rish\ adjective
Examples of ivory tower in a sentence
The book was written by some college professor who's spent her entire professional life in an ivory tower.
Origin and Etymology of ivory tower
translation of French tour d'ivoire
First Known Use: 1911
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