from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or being highly cultured or intellectual: They only attend highbrow events such as the ballet or the opera.
- n. One who possesses or affects a high degree of culture or learning.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Intellectually stimulating, highly cultured.
- n. A cultured or learned person or thing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a person of intellectual or erudite tastes; an intellectual.
- adj. highly cultured or educated; pertaining to highly educated people.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. highly cultured or educated
- n. a person of intellectual or erudite tastes
From a compound of the words high and 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. (Wiktionary)