babbitt: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (bab'it), [key]
— n.
  1. See
  2. a bearing or lining of Babbitt metal.
  1. pertaining to or made of Babbitt metal.
  1. to line, face, or furnish with Babbitt metal.


Pronunciation: (bab'it), [key]
— n.
  1. 1865–1933, U.S. educator and critic.
  2. born 1916, U.S. composer.
  3. (italics) a novel (1922) by Sinclair Lewis.
  4. (often l.c.) a self-satisfied person who conforms readily to conventional, middle-class ideas and ideals, esp. of business and material success; Philistine: from the main character in the novel by Sinclair Lewis.
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