Definition of philister in US English:

philister

noun

archaic
  • An unenlightened or uncultured person; = "Philistine"; (specifically in German universities) a townsperson, a non-student.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881), author, biographer, and historian. From German Philister, specifically sense of Philister Philistine from post-classical Latin Philistaeus, Philisteus + -er.

Pronunciation

philister

/ˈfɪlɪstə/