Definition of middlebrow in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪd(ə)lbraʊ/
often derogatory


Demanding, involving, or having only a moderate degree of intellectual application: middlebrow fiction
More example sentences
  • They do not like things that the vast middle class, middlebrow population likes.
  • No thoughtful reader today would dismiss them as predominantly insipid or expressing nothing beyond a contemporary middlebrow understanding.
  • I wish that the middlebrow worshippers of the simple would read the nursery rhymes in the light of their original meaning!


A middlebrow person.
Example sentences
  • Since our highbrow elites are no longer capable of giving good advice, we middlebrows must use our own judgment to decide what art to buy.
  • We are, for better and worse, middle class and middlebrow right down to our bones.
  • Highbrow journals like the Antioch Review and the Partisan Review condemned the middlebrows who controlled the mass media for fostering anti-intellectualism and mindless conformity.

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