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 No one balances the pleasures of highbrow and lowbrow TV quite like the British. Vogue, 29 Oct. 2021 Perelman is certainly a benevolent angel in that collision between lowbrow and highbrow. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2021 In an age when crime stories (true or otherwise) have attained prestige, Moriarty appeals to our base instincts while still commanding respect—the sweet spot between airport guilty pleasures and highbrow art. Matthew Jacobs, Town & Country, 1 Sep. 2021 The Kramer subplot involving unemployed Dominicans and Cuban cigars is unfortunate, but Elaine’s refusal to enjoy the stuffy, overblown melodrama of The English Patient is the type of highbrow/lowbrow battleground that Seinfeld was made to tackle. Larry Fitzmaurice, Vulture, 1 Sep. 2021 Kevin is the yin to Raymond’s yang — two men who clearly have similar highbrow tastes and relatively cold demeanors, but also a deep understanding and love for each other. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 13 Aug. 2021 Its glossy veneer has the appearance of a typical highbrow event. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, 14 Aug. 2021 Get a little highbrow with the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, live at 7:30 p.m. with works by Schubert, Robert Fuchs and Guiseppe Martucci. Gary Graff, cleveland, 11 Aug. 2021 Pornhub has created a highbrow-meets-lowbrow interactive website and app, Classic Nudes, which guides museumgoers to only the finest boobies of the art canon. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 22 July 2021

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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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“Highbrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highbrow. Accessed 30 Nov. 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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