hipster

Definition

Slang

  • noun a culturally aware person, a cool bohemian. Predecessors to the hippies of the late 1960s, hipsters were the aficionados of jazz, Oriental philosophy, modernist art-forms, etc., who themselves succeeded the hepcats of the 1940s and 1950s. Hipster and beatnik are, in a historical perspective, almost identical, although the word hipster, unlike beatnik, was used by those in question to describe themselves. For the etymology of the word, see hep.
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