Highbrow meaning

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(US, colloquial) Intellectually stimulating, highly cultured.
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A cultured or learned person or thing.
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Of, relating to, or being highly cultured or intellectual.

They only attend highbrow events such as the ballet or the opera.

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One who possesses or affects a high degree of culture or learning.
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A person having or affecting highly cultivated, intellectual tastes; intellectual.
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Origin of highbrow

  • From a compound of the words high and brow, first recorded usage in 1875. Referring to the (by that time discredited) science of phrenology, which suggested that a person of intelligence and sophistication would possess a higher brow-line than someone of lesser intelligence and sophistication.

    From Wiktionary