from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The ability to learn and reason; the capacity for knowledge and understanding.
- n. The ability to think abstractly or profoundly. See Synonyms at mind.
- n. A person of great intellectual ability.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the faculty of thinking, judging, abstract reasoning, and conceptual understanding (uncountable)
- n. the capacity of that faculty (in a particular person) (uncountable)
- n. a person who has that faculty to a great degree
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The part or faculty of the human mind by which it knows, as distinguished from the power to feel and to will; the power to judge and comprehend; the thinking faculty; the understanding.
- n. The capacity for higher forms of knowledge, as distinguished from the power to perceive objects in their relations; mental capacity.
- n. A particular mind, especially a person of high intelligence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The understanding; the sum of all the cognitive faculties except sense, or except sense and imagination.
- n. Mind collectively; current or collective intelligence: as, the intellect of the time.
- n. plural Wits; senses; mind: as, disordered in his intellects.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. knowledge and intellectual ability
- n. a person who uses the mind creatively
- n. the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination
Middle English, from Old French intellecte, from Latin intellēctus, perception, from past participle of intellegere, to perceive; see intelligent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin intellēctus ("understanding, intellect"), perfect passive participle of intellegō ("understand; reason"), from inter ("between, among") + legō ("read"), with connotation of bind. (Wiktionary)