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 Toward the beginning of the last century—that is, when this magazine was a mere 75 or 80 years old—a handful of cutting-edge culturati would lose their famous cool when a certain topic came up in conversation. Daniel Mendelsohn, Town & Country, 20 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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 2 Dec. 2021.

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