middlebrow

noun
mid·​dle·​brow | \ ˈmi-dᵊl-ˌbrau̇ How to pronounce middlebrow (audio) \

Definition of middlebrow

: a person who is moderately but not highly cultivated

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middlebrow adjective

Examples of middlebrow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For years, public derision has followed each instance of white middlebrow acts triumphing over culture-defining Black art at the Grammys. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 10 Mar. 2021 Cultural critics slammed it as a middlebrow hobby that dumbed down the process of making art. Michelle Brunner, Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2020 While other authors have covered the subject of the German exiles, including Thomas Mann’s American years, we are concerned here with the intersection of culture (or, in the German sense, Kultur) and American middlebrow. Elizabeth Powers, National Review, 5 Dec. 2019 Donald Trump has created a political aesthetic of the middlebrow. Constance Grady, Vox, 27 Dec. 2018 Not long ago, these progenitors of virtually all modern musical theater were widely considered dull, stodgy middlebrows. New York Times, 10 May 2018 Donald Trump has created a political aesthetic of the middlebrow. Constance Grady, Vox, 27 Dec. 2018 Not long ago, these progenitors of virtually all modern musical theater were widely considered dull, stodgy middlebrows. New York Times, 10 May 2018 Aside from the miniature Jeff Koons-style sculptures adorning the tables, this year-and-a-half old place on a quiet side street looks like countless unremarkable middlebrow neighborhood restaurants in Paris. Alexander Lobrano, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of middlebrow

1922, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of middlebrow was in 1922

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“Middlebrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middlebrow. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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