plural noun
cul·​tur·​a·​ti | \ ˌkəl-chə-ˈrä-(ˌ)tē How to pronounce culturati (audio) \

Definition of culturati

: people intensely interested in cultural affairs

Examples of culturati in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Monday night, New York’s literati and culturati gathered to celebrate the 2019 honorees at the New York Public Library’s Library Lions gala. Vogue, "The New York Public Library Lured Manhattan’s Culturati to Its Library Lions Gala," 6 Nov. 2019 Eclectically dressed culturati dropped in from all corners of the world for the occasion, dashing all over the city for a slew of VIP viewings, satellite fairs, pop up events, and in the case of Four Season's Thursday night soirée, a pop down. Jaimie Potters, Town & Country, "The Art World Took Over London For Frieze Week," 10 Oct. 2019 Young, handsome and gay, he was quickly taken up by New York’s culturati, including Lincoln Kirstein, Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "‘Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon’ Review: The Architectural Prince of Portland," 4 July 2017

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First Known Use of culturati

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for culturati

culture entry 1 + -ati (as in literati)

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The first known use of culturati was in 1892

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“Culturati.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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