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

Definition of highbrow

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

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 The ideas in Hamaguchi’s stories develop emotions — the specter of loneliness — rather than meander toward quizzical, highbrow pathos. Armond White, National Review, 29 Apr. 2022 There are more cynical interpretations of the rise of highbrow science or speculative fiction. Katie Roiphe, WSJ, 31 Mar. 2022 While the slow-burning western psychodrama has sturdy cross-branch support from disparate ends of the Academy, many forecasters have noted that its highbrow appeal might not be enough to sustain the swell of passion building for other titles. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 8 Mar. 2022 And yet, Apple seems perfectly content with its current approach: methodically building a platform with really good highbrow movies and TV. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2022 This too primed him for an age when comics went highbrow and genre began to infuse literature. Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2022 Books on Tape advertised in highbrow publications including the New Yorker magazine, the Wall Street Journal and Smithsonian magazine. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 But streaming companies are now in the dominant position, in part because the pandemic accelerated a consumer shift away from theaters, at least where highbrow films are concerned. New York Times, 8 Feb. 2022 With her East Boston Oysters event series, Cervasio paired oysters and caviar with Cheetos and potato chips, aiming to make the highbrow accessible and gaining a huge following in the process. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of highbrow

1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Highbrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highbrow. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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