One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having a high forehead, with a relatively large distance between the eyes and the hairline or top of the head.
2Figurative informal (originally and chiefly US). = "highbrow".
Treated as plural. With the. Intellectually or culturally superior people as a class.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in George Chapman (?1560–1634), poet and playwright. From high + browed.
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