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 Cultural critics slammed it as a middlebrow hobby that dumbed down the process of making art. Michelle Brunner, Washington Post, "Looking for a stress-soothing craft? Try an old one: Paint by numbers.," 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, "Thomas Mann in America," 5 Dec. 2019 Donald Trump has created a political aesthetic of the middlebrow. Constance Grady, Vox, "What it means that we keep talking about America like it’s a TV show," 27 Dec. 2018 Not long ago, these progenitors of virtually all modern musical theater were widely considered dull, stodgy middlebrows. New York Times, "11 New Books We Recommend This Week," 10 May 2018 Donald Trump has created a political aesthetic of the middlebrow. Constance Grady, Vox, "What it means that we keep talking about America like it’s a TV show," 27 Dec. 2018 Not long ago, these progenitors of virtually all modern musical theater were widely considered dull, stodgy middlebrows. New York Times, "11 New Books We Recommend This Week," 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, "Five Places to Go in Montmartre," 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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27 Aug 2020

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“Middlebrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middlebrow. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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