- Philistine [fil′i stēn΄, fil′istīn΄; fi lis′tin, fi lis′tēn΄]n.[ME < LL(Ec) Philistinus, usually pl. Philistini < LGr (Josephus) philistinoi < Heb p'lishtim; akin to PALESTINE]1. a member of a non-Semitic people that lived in Philistia and repeatedly warred with the Israelites2. [adapted < Ger Philister, orig. student slang for townspeople] [usually p-] a person regarded as smugly narrow and conventional in views and tastes, lacking in and indifferent to cultural and aesthetic valuesadj.1. of the ancient Philistines or their culture2. [often p-] smugly conventional and lacking in culturephilistinismn.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.