highbrow highbrow  /ˈhaɪb ˌraʊ/


  1. (n) a person of intellectual or erudite tastes
  2. (adj) highly cultured or educated


  1. If a Hollywood producer can be considered highbrow, suave, grey-eyed Walter Wanger is it.
  2. Highbrow Station For more than a year tiny, 550-watt Station KPFA had been fighting a losing game.
  3. Any highbrow knows that TV, a sinister substitute for books, is no more likely to encourage worthwhile reading than corn pone is to whet a taste for caviar.


  1. Live Music

    June 19 Highbrow hootenany Formerly known as The Ascetic Junkies, married couple Kali Giaritta and Matt Harmon are now going by the moniker There is No Mountain. Although lumped into the Americana category, the couple is far more experimental than your average roots rockers, changing tempos and chord patterns with the abandon of prog rockers. Just listen to “Owl City,” which sounds like ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Portland Tribune

  2. 'Orange Is the New Black' Could Be the Next Netflix Mini-Hit in the Making

    The first post-Arrested Development original series from Netflix couldn't possibly come with the same level of hype, and probably won't reel in the extremely disruptive streaming service's next few million subscribers, but a new trailer for Orange Is the New Black reveals a foray into, shall we say, highbrow Lifetime that will certainly expand the binge-watching base.
    on June 6, 2013     Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News

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  1. "My entire effort has been grass roots," says Perry. "The base, the hardworking people who are just really, really good people who can relate to (Madea). The highbrow? They don't get it."
    on Feb 15, 2007 By: Tyler Perry Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. And Damon Albarn added: "It's a proper opera and it's been really hard work but it's not meant to be some highbrow thing - it's a story that anyone of our generation knows from the TV series, so it's fun. It has been a spiritual journey for everyone...
    on Jun 11, 2007 By: Damon Albarn Source: Bolton News

  3. "Each day takes you through a different musical style," Karidoyanes said about "Musicological Journey, which the Phil has not performed for a few years." "It isn't highbrow music. It becomes clear it's tongue-in-cheek. When we're...
    on Dec 3, 2008 By: Steven Karidoyanes Source: Old Colony Memorial and Plymouth Bulletin

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