from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of an Aegean people who settled ancient Philistia around the 12th century B.C.
- n. A smug, ignorant, especially middle-class person who is regarded as being indifferent or antagonistic to artistic and cultural values.
- n. One who lacks knowledge in a specific area.
- adj. Of or relating to ancient Philistia.
- adj. Boorish; barbarous: "our plastic, violent culture, with its philistine tastes and hunger for novelty” ( Lloyd Rose).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person from ancient Philistia.
- n. A person who lacks appreciation of art or culture.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the ancient Philistines.
- adj. Lacking appreciation of culture; also philistine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A native or an inhabitant of ancient Philistia, a coast region of southern Palestine.
- n. A bailiff.
- n. A person deficient in liberal culture and refinement; one without appreciation of the nobler aspirations and sentiments of humanity; one whose scope is limited to selfish and material interests.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Philistines.
- adj. Uncultured; commonplace.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a warlike immigrant people, of disputed origin, who inhabited parts of Philistia or Palestine, and contested the possession and sovereignty of it with the Israelites, and continued to harass them with much persistency for several centuries.
- n. Hence A heathen enemy; an unfeeling foe: used humorously, for example, of a bailiff or sheriff's officer.
- n. In Germany, one who has not been trained in a university: so called by the students.
- n. A matter-of-fact, commonplace person; a man upon whom one can look down, as of culture inferior to one's own; one of “parochial” intellect; a satisfied person who is unaware of his own lack of culture.
- Of or pertaining to the ancient Philistines.
- Of or pertaining to or having the characteristics of Philistines in the modern social and literary sense (see the noun, def. 3.); commonplace; dully matter-of-fact and satisfied; conventional and unimaginative.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits
- n. a member of an Aegean people who settled ancient Philistia around the 12th century BC
- adj. of or relating to ancient Philistia or its culture or its people
- adj. smug and ignorant and indifferent or hostile to artistic and cultural values
The name "Davidsbündler Dances" was in allusion to the term Philistine, which, in the German university towns, signified the old fogies, the conservative element, who take things as they find them and want nothing changed.
I put this forward very strongly to Cyril, who was a good deal annoyed at what he called my Philistine tone of mind, and indeed was rather bitter upon the subject.
Nevertheless, there seems to be an inconvenience in thus giving one and the same designation to two very different classes; and besides, if we look into the thing closely, we shall find that the term Philistine conveys a sense which  makes it more peculiarly appropriate to our middle class than to our aristocratic.
(Anyone ever hear the term Philistine used in both Christian and Hebrew bibles?
The German use of the word Philistine expresses it very nearly.
Bush doesn’t know a Philistine from a Persian from Hindu from an Arab.
And, in the past, I've been called a Philistine I beg to differ, of course...
That sometimes useful citizen whom it is fashionable to call a Philistine, and who calls himself a
"A Philistine is a person who sees everything in its wrong proportions," she answered.
The impression to the contrary on the part of the Philistine is a delusion, a false security.