[ in-tl-ek-choo-uhl ]
/ ˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əl /



Origin of intellectual

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin intellēctuālis, equivalent to intellēctu-, stem of intellēctus intellect + -ālis -al1

SYNONYMS FOR intellectual

1, 2 mental.

Related forms

Can be confused

intelligent intelligible intellectual (see synonym study at intelligent) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for hyper-intellectual


/ (ˌɪntɪˈlɛktʃʊəl) /


of or relating to the intellect, as opposed to the emotions
appealing to or characteristic of people with a developed intellectintellectual literature
expressing or enjoying mental activity


a person who enjoys mental activity and has highly developed tastes in art, literature, etc
a person who uses or works with his intellect
a highly intelligent person

Derived Forms

intellectuality or intellectualness, nounintellectually, adverb
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Culture definitions for hyper-intellectual


A person who engages in academic study or critical evaluation of ideas and issues. (See intelligentsia.)

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