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highbrow Syllabification: high·brow
Pronunciation: /ˈhīˌbrou/

Definition of highbrow in English:


often derogatory
Scholarly or rarefied in taste: innovatory art had a small, mostly highbrow following
More example sentences
  • He has inexpensive tastes, even if he likes highbrow culture, and has the common touch.
  • So, if you thought ‘Ulysses’ was only for highbrow academics, come along and be prepared to be pleasantly surprised!
  • Now a series of reports questioning his ability to deliver highbrow culture into the establishment may have damaged his reputation.


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A highbrow person.
Example sentences
  • In the 1999 series ‘Resolutions,’ Chicago continues to address the audience she has created of mainly middle- and working-class women, an audience easily dismissed by both highbrows and lowbrows.

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