Left Definition 1 of 3Right
LampPro Tip 1/3
Beyond AcademiaPlay
The term can apply to anyone keen on mental activities, not just professions like scholars or philosophers. SlideEven though he never went to college, his constant questioning shows he's a true intellectual.
LampPro Tip 2/3
Respectful TonePlay
Using 'intellectual' suggests a tone of respect towards the person's mental capabilities or interests. SlideMy aunt, an intellectual, is respected for her insightful views on art history.
LampPro Tip 3/3
Interests MatterPlay
Being an intellectual often involves interest in a variety of subjects and a lifelong pursuit of knowledge. SlideShe could be considered an intellectual because she spends her free time mastering new languages.