high·​brow | \ ˈhī-ˌbrau̇ How to pronounce highbrow (audio) \

Definition of highbrow

: a person who possesses or has pretensions to superior learning or culture

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Other Words from highbrow

highbrow adjective
highbrowed \ ˈhī-​ˌbrau̇d How to pronounce highbrow (audio) \ adjective
highbrowism \ ˈhī-​ˌbrau̇-​ˌi-​zəm How to pronounce highbrow (audio) \ noun

Examples of highbrow in a Sentence

guests at her elegant dinner parties are a mix of the city's highbrows and captains of industry
Recent Examples on the Web At the time, Goldwater’s ghostwriter Brent Bozell spoke approvingly of Franco’s post-Fascist Spain as spiritually far superior to decadent America, much as the highbrow Trumpites talk of the Christian regimes of Putin and Orbán. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "What We Get Wrong About America’s Crisis of Democracy," 27 Dec. 2020 There are few corners in the history or geography of music — highbrow, lowbrow, any-ol’-brow — in which folk songs haven’t insinuated themselves. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Can music bring us unity? How Osvaldo Golijov’s ‘Ayre’ is what we need now," 4 Nov. 2020 The concept driving Church and State resonates on many levels from highbrow to commonplace. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Church and State project sets higher standard for architecture of new apartment buildings in Cleveland," 4 Oct. 2020 In Washington, the product of highbrow schools became a bit more of a scrapper. Manuel Roig-franzia, Washington Post, "How President Trump and his attorney general use each other," 15 Sep. 2020 The highbrow Art Basel fair, known for glamorous parties and celebrity sightings, on Wednesday announced the cancellation of this year’s event amid the coronavirus pandemic. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "WWII anniversary, liquor boom, tracking app: News from around our 50 states," 5 Sep. 2020 Print made all of this possible: cheap print, gutter print, highbrow print, an explosion of images and writing that circulated among increasingly literate publics in Europe and the Americas. Ian Beacock, The New Republic, "Can Democracy Handle Charisma?," 17 Aug. 2020 The Criterion Channel Launched in the wake of dearly departed cinephile site FilmStruck, this highbrow platform just celebrated its first birthday. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, "5 ways TV, film and music snobs can go beyond Netflix during quarantine," 30 Apr. 2020 The items that Lisa Kobs-Berrios and her husband, David Berrios, are selling in their own fund-raiser are not nearly as highbrow. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "When N.Y. Needed Hospital Space, Film Location Scouts Pitched In," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of highbrow

1898, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of highbrow was in 1898

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17 Jan 2021

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“Highbrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highbrow. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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high·​brow | \ ˈhī-ˌbrau̇ How to pronounce highbrow (audio) \

Kids Definition of highbrow

: a person of great learning or culture

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