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



BrE BrE//ɪnˌtelɪˈdʒentsiə//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˌtelɪˈdʒentsiə//
(also the intelligentsia) [singular + singular or plural verb]
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the people in a country or society who are well educated and are interested in culture, politics, literature, etc. Word Originearly 20th cent.: from Russian intelligentsiya, from Polish inteligencja, from Latin intelligentia, from intelligere ‘understand’, from inter ‘between’ + legere ‘choose’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: intelligentsia