highbrow

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A compound of the words high +‎ brow, first recorded usage in 1875. Referring to the (by that time discredited) science of phrenology, which suggested that a person of intelligence and sophistication would possess a higher brow-line than someone of lesser intelligence and sophistication.

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highbrow ‎(not comparable)

  1. (US, colloquial) Intellectually stimulating, highly cultured, sophisticated.

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highbrow ‎(plural highbrows)

  1. A cultured or learned person or thing. Intellectual, scholar.

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