[in-tel-i-jent-see-uh, -gent-]

plural noun

intellectuals considered as a group or class, especially as a cultural, social, or political elite.

Nearby words

  1. intelligent card,
  2. intelligent design,
  3. intelligent knowledge-based system,
  4. intelligent terminal,
  5. intelligential,
  6. intelligibility,
  7. intelligible,
  8. intelsat,
  9. intemerate,
  10. intemperance

Origin of intelligentsia

1905–10; < Russian intelligéntsia < Latin intelligentia intelligence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for intelligentsia



the intelligentsia the educated or intellectual people in a society or community

Word Origin for intelligentsia

C20: from Russian intelligentsiya, from Latin intellegentia intelligence

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Word Origin and History for intelligentsia



"the intellectual class collectively," 1905, from Russian intelligyentsia, from Latin intelligentia (see intelligence). Perhaps via Italian intelligenzia.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for intelligentsia



Intellectuals who form an artistic, social, or political vanguard or elite.

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