follow Dictionary.com

What does Boxing Day have to do with boxing?

intellect

[in-tl-ekt] /ˈɪn tlˌɛkt/
noun
1.
the power or faculty of the mind by which one knows or understands, as distinguished from that by which one feels and that by which one wills; the understanding; the faculty of thinking and acquiring knowledge.
2.
capacity for thinking and acquiring knowledge, especially of a high or complex order; mental capacity.
3.
a particular mind or intelligence, especially of a high order.
4.
a person possessing a great capacity for thought and knowledge.
5.
minds collectively, as of a number of persons or the persons themselves.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin intellēctus, equivalent to intelleg(ere) to understand + -tus suffix of v. action; see intelligent
Synonyms
1. reason, sense, common sense, brains. See mind.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for intellects

intellect

/ˈɪntɪˌlɛkt/
noun
1.
the capacity for understanding, thinking, and reasoning, as distinct from feeling or wishing
2.
a mind or intelligence, esp a brilliant one: his intellect is wasted on that job
3.
(informal) a person possessing a brilliant mind; brain
4.
those possessing the greatest mental power: the intellect of a nation
Derived Forms
intellective, adjective
intellectively, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin intellectus comprehension, intellect, from intellegere to understand; see intelligence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for intellects

intellect

n.

late 14c. (but little used before 16c.), from Old French intellecte "intellectual capacity" (13c.), and directly from Latin intellectus "discernment, a perception, understanding," from noun use of past participle of intelligere "to understand, discern" (see intelligence).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for intellect

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for intellects

12
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with intellects