highbrow

noun high·brow \ ˈhī-ˌbrau̇ \

Definition of highbrow

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

highbrow

adjective

highbrowed

play \ˈhī-ˌbrau̇d\ adjective

highbrowism

play \ˈhī-ˌbrau̇-ˌi-zəm\ noun

Examples of highbrow in a Sentence

  1. guests at her elegant dinner parties are a mix of the city's highbrows and captains of industry

Recent Examples of highbrow from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'highbrow.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of highbrow

1898


HIGHBROW Defined for Kids

highbrow

noun high·brow \ ˈhī-ˌbrau̇ \

Definition of highbrow for Students

: a person of great learning or culture


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up highbrow? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to provide what is needed to exist

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman-tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!