Definition of culturati in English:

culturati

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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    intellectuals, intelligent people, academics, scholars, learned people, literati, culturati, men and women of letters, cognoscenti, illuminati, highbrows, bluestockings, thinkers, brains
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Origin

1980s: blend of culture and literati.

Pronunciation:

culturati

/ˌkʌltʃəˈrɑːti/