plural noun
chat·​te·​ra·​ti | \ ˌcha-tə-ˈrä-tē How to pronounce chatterati (audio) \

Definition of chatterati

: people who talk and write a lot about current events and political and social matters : the people who make up the chattering classes The startling news from Cambridge: 10 percent of incoming Harvard freshmen cheated on exams while in high school. That factoid … shook up the chatterati, prompting much handwringing about the crumbling morals of today's youth and the impending fall of civilization.— Tom Keane, Boston Globe, 17 Sept. 2013 Faldo, asked about McIlroy's form slump, had said that the younger man should concentrate more on golf. McIlroy had said that Faldo should mind his own business. It is the kind of thing that golf's chatterati just love … — Alasdair Reid, The Herald (Glasgow), 19 July 2013 A weekend demonstration against the paper attracted just 110 people. It seems that in the real world people … were far more supportive of us than the chatterati would have you believe. — Paul Dacre, Daily Mail (London), 12 Oct. 2013

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First Known Use of chatterati

1990, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chatterati

chatter entry 1 + -ati (as in literati)

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“Chatterati.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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