noun(usually the intelligentsia) [treated as singular or plural]
- Intellectuals or highly educated people as a group, especially when regarded as possessing culture and political influence.More example sentences
- They were followed by the intelligentsia and cultural élites.
- Only political leaders and the intelligentsia in the Arab countries were interviewed.
- A disproportionately high number of signatories belonged to the intelligentsia or the officer corps.
early 20th century: from Russian intelligentsiya, from Polish inteligencja, from Latin intelligentia (see intelligence).