illuminati

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plural noun il·lu·mi·na·ti \i-ˌlü-mə-ˈnä-tē\

Definition of illuminati

  1. 1 capitalized :  any of various groups claiming special religious enlightenment

  2. 2 :  persons who are or who claim to be unusually enlightened

  3. 3 :  elite 1d members of the academic illuminati

Examples of illuminati in a Sentence

  1. a book launching party to which only New York's cultural illuminati were invited

Origin and Etymology of illuminati

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


First Known Use: 1599

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