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 How do your highbrow Hollywood friends react to your reality-TV obsession? Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 18 July 2021 If the horror movie is at one end of the spectrum of good taste, deafness has also recently been portrayed in highbrow films as well—although with ambiguous relation to deaf culture writ large. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 8 July 2021 This planet's highbrow tastes reflect our interest in art and culture, while its romantic sensibilities reveal our idealized perception of love. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, 4 July 2021 To this collector of vintage plastic, the city is a whimsical assortment of highbrow and lowbrow. Michele Filgate, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2021 The highbrow location in Oslo is in keeping with Nio’s image, Li says. Yue Wang, Forbes, 4 June 2021 How the second location differs from the original Pa'la, the beloved central Phoenix restaurant, is known for its highbrow tapas plates and upscale Italian food served over the counter in disposable plates. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 30 May 2021 With this project, Brownderville takes a keen interest in fusing dichotomies — fantasy and realism, highbrow and lowbrow, digital and handmade, history and the future — resulting in something truly one-of-a-kind. Lauren Smart, Dallas News, 27 Apr. 2021 Despite the fact that there wasn’t a single book in the family house, his parents encouraged Luijten and his brother to follow their highbrow dreams, which turned out to parallel each other. New York Times, 14 Apr. 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 2 Aug. 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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