highbrow

noun
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 highbrowed (audio) \ adjective
highbrowism \ ˈhī-​ˌbrau̇-​ˌi-​zəm How to pronounce highbrowism (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 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 With a mix of world-class museums and a vibrant homegrown arts scene, the city is a refreshing mix of highbrow and low-key. Paul Abercrombie, Washington Post, "St. Petersburg, Fla.," 12 Feb. 2020 All have the exact kind of highbrow literary credibility that the Swedish Academy once valued. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Who Will Win the 2019 (or the 2018!) Nobel Prize in Literature?," 9 Oct. 2019 Camilleri didn’t aim for Italy’s highbrow literary circles, where culture pages of newspapers are filled with esoteric essays. Washington Post, "Camilleri, author of Montalbano detective series, dies at 93," 18 July 2019 Camilleri didn’t aim for Italy’s highbrow literary circles, where culture pages of newspapers are filled with esoteric essays. Washington Post, "Camilleri, author of Montalbano detective series, dies at 93," 18 July 2019 Camilleri didn’t aim for Italy’s highbrow literary circles, where culture pages of newspapers are filled with esoteric essays. Washington Post, "Camilleri, author of Montalbano detective series, dies at 93," 18 July 2019 As a directing-writing team, the Wachowskis added fashionable academic flavor by referencing cultural theorist Jean Baudrillard, which made their juvenile gallimaufry (including vague biblical allusions) seem highbrow. Armond White, National Review, "Is The Matrix the Conservative’s Star Wars?," 30 Aug. 2019

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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 2 Jun. 2020.

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highbrow

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

Kids Definition of highbrow

: a person of great learning or culture

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