One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An unenlightened or uncultured person; = "Philistine"; (specifically in German universities) a townsperson, a non-student.
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.
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