Highbrow Definition

hībrou
high-brow, highbrowed
adjective
Of or for a highbrow.
Webster's New World
Of, relating to, or being highly cultured or intellectual.
They only attend highbrow events such as the ballet or the opera.
American Heritage
noun
One who possesses or affects a high degree of culture or learning.
American Heritage
A person having or affecting highly cultivated, intellectual tastes; intellectual.
Webster's New World

A cultured or learned person or thing.

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Other Word Forms of Highbrow

Noun

Singular:
highbrow
Plural:
highbrows

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

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