highbrow

[hahy-brou]
noun
1.
a person of superior intellectual interests and tastes.
2.
a person with intellectual or cultural pretensions; intellectual snob.
3.
the crestfish.
adjective
4.
Also, highbrowed. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a highbrow.

Origin:
1895–1900; high + brow

highbrowism, noun


4. intellectual, scholarly, cultured; bookish, snobbish, pseudointellectual.
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highbrow (ˈhaɪˌbraʊ)
 
n
1.  a person of scholarly and erudite tastes
 
adj
2.  appealing to highbrows: highbrow literature

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highbrow
"person of superior intellect and taste," 1902, back-formation from high-browed (adj.), which is attested from 1891, from high + brow (cf. also lowbrow).
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highbrow definition


  1. n.
    an intellectual person; a person with refined tastes. (Compare this with lowbrow. See also longhair.) : The highbrows usually congregate in there.
  2. mod.
    having to do with an intellectual or a person with refined tastes. : Pete is sort of highbrow, but he's an okay guy.
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Example sentences
The team succeeds in developing their highbrow processor, which not only meets expectations, but begins thinking for itself.
Promenade along the harborside boardwalk before dinner at one of the highbrow, on-site eateries.
But this same small locale is also deeply interesting in highbrow ways.
His voice had the crooning humor of a highbrow vaudevillian.
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