American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Informal One who is somewhat cultured, with conventional tastes and interests; one who is neither highbrow nor lowbrow.
- adj. pejorative Neither highbrow or lowbrow, but somewhere in between.
- n. A person or thing that is neither a highbrow or lowbrow, but in between.
- n. someone who is neither a highbrow nor a lowbrow
- middle + (high)brow and (low)brow. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“(By the term middlebrow, one seeks to describe a writer who, while disdaining the shoddy and the ephemeral, has built up a following among intelligent readers whose notions he takes care not to challenge or disturb.)”
“The painting, a favorite of editorial cartoonists, he calls "middlebrow.”
“According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word middlebrow first appeared in print in 1925, in”
“Call the Ozarks "middle America" if you have to, but don't call it middlebrow.”
“Writers who would once have been called middlebrow are now assigned, depending solely on their degree of verbal affectation, to either the literary or the genre camp.”
“Shot in a curiously steady fashion, skewing towards so-called middlebrow realism, this was a completely outrageous work in many other respects.”
“A "middlebrow" program "is really hard to pull off in this age," says industry analyst Andrew Tyndall.”
“It's exactly the kind of middlebrow entertainment that attracts people who no longer go to movies - because it seems like the kind of movie they no longer make.”
“The reason that Time and Newsweek don't cover "middlebrow" culture any more is because now there are plenty of other outlets that cover it better and with more insight ... like People and E!”
“And in the "middlebrow" category, I suppose, which is better than Lowenbrau, the free single of the week, "Listen Up," by Gossip, is good.”
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