plural noun
il·​lu·​mi·​na·​ti | \ i-ˌlü-mə-ˈnä-tē How to pronounce illuminati (audio) \

Definition of illuminati

1 capitalized : any of various groups claiming special religious enlightenment
2 : persons who are or who claim to be unusually enlightened
3 : elite sense 1d members of the academic illuminati

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Examples of illuminati in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Asle isn’t Jesus or Lazarus, Åsleik isn’t Andrew, no illuminati appear. Wyatt Mason, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 Though salads are the staple of the healthy lunch illuminati, my intolerance for eating a bowl of lettuce has always left me feeling out of the club. Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2021 Meaning: this isn't The X-Files or Orphan Black in terms of a pervasive, confusing illuminati. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 18 Oct. 2019 Fans have recently been tweeting about Billie and her alleged relationship to the illuminati. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, 13 Sep. 2019 Next to me, a Republican delegate on her way back to the convention chatted with the bodyguards about the New World Order, an illuminati plot destined to take over the world and enslave the majority of its people. Longreads, 31 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of illuminati

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for illuminati

Italian & New Latin; It, from New Latin, from Latin, plural of illuminatus

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The first known use of illuminati was in 1599

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31 Jul 2021

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“Illuminati.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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