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

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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 Camilleri didn’t aim for Italy’s highbrow literary circles, where culture pages of newspapers are filled with esoteric essays. Francis D’emilio, Los Angeles Times, "Andrea Camilleri, author of Montalbano detective series, dies at 93," 23 July 2019 Over the past few years, younger artists who aren’t as concerned with distinctions between highbrow and lowbrow have started making pieces inspired by Mr. Ross, who died in 1995. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "A Renaissance for Bob Ross: Fans Want the ‘Joy of Painting’ Host to Have a Spot in Art History," 21 Aug. 2018 There’s a highbrow/lowbrow theme to the menu, steered with aplomb by Executive Chef Martha Wiggins. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Restaurants in New Orleans," 28 Feb. 2018 The rest of the drink skews fruity and herbal, thanks to pineapple juice and yellow Chartreuse, a French liqueur that adds a highbrow and slightly medicinal whiff to any cocktail. Marian Bull, GQ, "—Peter Meehan, Author Of An Upcoming Barbecue Book And Former Editor Of," 27 June 2018 But a parallel, often highbrow, strand of literary and cinematic expression is deeply skeptical of the scientific enterprise and its impacts (Frankenstein, Dr. Strangelove, Neuromancer). Sean W. Fleming, WIRED, "Lessons from Montecito: Science's Credibility Is At Stake," 14 May 2018 All this, plus a new Bachelorette season for our guilty pleasure, and a new Roxane Gay book for our highbrow needs. refinery29.com, "May Click List: R29 Entertainment Editors' Picks For The Month," 2 May 2018 Gertner and Dershowitz are longtime friends, but the highbrow exchange had an edge. Mark Arsenault, BostonGlobe.com, "A Harvard face-off in the court of public opinion over Trump, Mueller," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of highbrow

1898, in the meaning defined above

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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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