Borrowing from Late Latin intellēctus (“understanding, intellect”), perfect passive participle of Latin intellegō (“understand; reason”), from inter (“between, among”) + legō (“read”), with connotation of bind.
- the faculty of thinking, judging, abstract reasoning, and conceptual understanding; the cognitive faculty (uncountable)
- Intellect is one of man's greatest powers.
- the capacity of that faculty (in a particular person) (uncountable)
- They were chosen because of their outstanding intellect.
- a person who has that faculty to a great degree
- Some of the world's leading intellects were meeting there.
- See also Thesaurus:intelligence
The faculty of knowing and reasoning; understanding
That faculty in a particular person
A person who has that faculty in great degree
intellect m (plural intellects)