Meaning of “philistine” in the English Dictionary

"philistine" in British English

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philistinenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfɪl.ɪ.staɪn/ us /ˈfɪl.ɪ.stiːn/ disapproving

a person who refuses to see the beauty or the value of art or culture:

I wouldn't have expected them to enjoy a film of that quality anyway - they're just a bunch of philistines!

Philistinenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfɪl.ɪ.staɪn/ us /ˈfɪl.ɪ.stiːn/

one of a race of people who lived in the area near the coast of the southeast Mediterranean in ancient times and were often at war with the Israelites

(Definition of “philistine” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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philistinenoun [ C ]

us /ˈfɪl·əˌstin, fəˈlɪs·tin/ disapproving

a person who enjoys only popular entertainment but does not appreciate art, literature, or music of high quality

(Definition of “philistine” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)