Definition of intellectual noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈlektʃuəl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntəˈlektʃuəl//
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a person who is well educated and enjoys activities in which they have to think seriously about things Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin intellectualis, from intellectus ‘understanding’, from intellegere ‘understand’, from inter ‘between’ + legere ‘choose’.Extra examples one of the leading intellectuals of his generation Few people would regard him as an intellectual, though he speaks with great wisdom. He was a leading intellectual of his day. Left-wing intellectuals were purged from the universities.
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