high|brow [ˈhaıbrau] adj
1.) a highbrow book, film etc is very serious and may be difficult to understand
2.) someone who is highbrow is interested in serious or complicated ideas and subjects
>highbrow n

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  • highbrow — highbrowed highbrowedadj. highly cultured or educated; pertaining to highly educated people; as, highbrow events such as the ballet or opera. [informal] [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • highbrow — [adj] intellectual bookish, brainy*, cerebral, cultivated, cultured, erudite, intellective, intelligent, learned, scholarly, studious, wise; concept 402 highbrow [n] intellectual, very smart person academic, academician, bluestocking, brain*,… …   New thesaurus

  • highbrow — ☆ highbrow [hī′brou΄ ] n. a person having or affecting highly cultivated, intellectual tastes; intellectual adj. of or for a highbrow: Often a pejorative term …   English World dictionary

  • highbrow — high brow n. a person of intellectual or erudite tastes; an intellectual. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • highbrow — (n.) person of superior intellect and taste, 1902, back formation from high browed (adj.), which is attested from 1891, from HIGH (Cf. high) (adj.) + BROW (Cf. brow) (Cf. also LOWBROW (Cf. lowbrow)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • highbrow — ► ADJECTIVE often derogatory ▪ intellectual or rarefied in taste …   English terms dictionary

  • Highbrow — Used colloquially as a noun or adjective, highbrow is synonymous with intellectual; as an adjective, it also means elite, and generally carries a connotation of high culture. The word draws its metonymy from the pseudoscience of phrenology, and… …   Wikipedia

  • highbrow — [[t]ha͟ɪbraʊ[/t]] highbrows 1) ADJ GRADED If you say that a book or discussion is highbrow, you mean that it is intellectual, academic, and is often difficult to understand. ...highbrow classical music... He presents his own highbrow literary… …   English dictionary

  • Highbrow — High|brow 〈[haıbraʊ] m. 6〉 1. 〈Zeitungsw.〉 Zeitung mit einem besonders guten Ruf, seriöse Tageszeitung 2. 〈umg.; meist abwertend〉 jmd., der sich für intellektuell od. kulturell besonders gebildet hält [<engl. high brow „hohe Augenbraue“ bzw.… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • highbrow — adjective 1 a highbrow book, film etc is intended for very intelligent people who like serious subjects 2 someone who is highbrow is interested in serious or complicated ideas and subjects; intellectual highbrow noun (C) compare lowbrow …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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