ivory tower

noun
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of ivory tower

1 :an impractical often escapist attitude marked by aloof lack of concern with or interest in practical matters or urgent problems
2 :a secluded place that affords the means of treating practical issues with an impractical often escapist attitude; especially :a place of learning

ivory-tower

adjective

ivory-towerish

play \ˈīv-rē-ˈtau̇-(ə-)rish, ˈī-və-rē-\ adjective

Examples of ivory tower in a Sentence

  1. The book was written by some college professor who's spent her entire professional life in an ivory tower.

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Origin and Etymology of ivory tower

translation of French tour d'ivoire


IVORY TOWER Defined for English Language Learners

ivory tower

noun

Definition of ivory tower for English Language Learners

  • : a place or situation in which people make and discuss theories about problems (such as poverty and racism) without having any experience with those problems


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