a job that requires considerable intellectual effort
2an intellectual person is well-educated and interested in serious ideas and subjects such as science, literature etc [↪ academic]:
Mark's very intellectual.
3needing serious thought in order to be understood:
an intellectual film
➔intelligentWORD FOCUS: intelligent WORD FOCUS: intelligent similar words:cleverespecially BrE/smartespecially AmEgood at learning or understanding things quickly brightintelligent - used especially about young people brillianta brilliant scientist, writer, student, historian etc is extremely intelligent and does very good work brainyinformalvery intelligent and good at studying gifteda gifted child is extremely intelligent wisea wise person has a lot of experience and knowledge, and can give good advice cunning/craftygood at using your intelligence to trick people intelligent people:geniussomeone who is extremely intelligent and has great ideas intellectualsomeone who is well-educated and interested in art, science, or literature at a high level intelligentsiaa country's intellectuals, considered as a single group ➔ See alsointelligent
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.