- Intellectual In`tel*lec"tu*al, n.
1. The intellect or understanding; mental powers or
Her husband, for I view far round, not nigh, Whose higher intellectual more I shun. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
I kept her intellectuals in a state of exercise. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]
2. A learned person or one of high intelligence; especially, one who places greatest value on activities requiring exercise of the intelligence, such as study, complex forms of knowledge, literature and aesthetic matters, reflection and philosophical speculation; a member of the intelligentsia; as, intellectuals are often apalled at the inanities that pass for entertainment on television. [PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.