Definition of culturati in English:


plural noun

  • Well-educated people who appreciate the arts.

    ‘the yuppies and the culturati get fashionable shows that suck up to them’
    • ‘The sun was high, the coffee steaming, and clustered round a Salzburg garden table were six of Europe's most influential culturati.’
    • ‘And so image-sensitive liberal, urbane, ironic culturati are going to want to prove their complex open-heartedness by indifferently swooning over her book.’
    • ‘The Coalition - abused and pilloried by the media and culturati for the last four years - have increased their majority.’
    • ‘Once in a generation, somebody in New York culturati circles - not the real heavy lifters, but the instant-replay analysts - drops a bomb that smolders for decades.’
    • ‘No sooner had the word got out when that issue became hot property among the culturati.’
    intellectuals, intelligent people, academics, scholars, learned people, literati, men and women of letters, cognoscenti, illuminati, highbrows, bluestockings, thinkers, brains
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1980s: blend of culture and literati.