noun Informal.

a person of conventional tastes and interests in matters of culture; a moderately cultivated person.

Origin of middlebrow

1920–25; middle + brow, on the model of highbrow, lowbrow
Related formsmid·dle·brow·ism, noun
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a person with conventional tastes and limited cultural appreciation

adjective Also: middlebrowed

of or appealing to middlebrowsmiddlebrow culture
Derived Formsmiddlebrowism, noun
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Word Origin and History for middlebrow

1911 (adj.), 1912 (n.), from middle + brow (cf. highbrow, lowbrow).

[T]here is an alarmingly wide chasm, I might almost say a vacuum, between the high-brow, who considers reading either as a trade or as a form of intellectual wrestling, and the low-brow, who is merely seeking for gross thrills. It is to be hoped that culture will soon be democratized through some less conventional system of education, giving rise to a new type that might be called the middle-brow, who will consider books as a source of intellectual enjoyment. ["The Nation," Jan, 25, 1912]
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