adjective so·phis·ti·cat·ed \sə-ˈfis-tə-ˌkā-təd\

: having or showing a lot of experience and knowledge about the world and about culture, art, literature, etc.

: attractive to fashionable or sophisticated people

: highly developed and complex

Full Definition of SOPHISTICATED

:  deprived of native or original simplicity: as
a :  highly complicated or developed :  complex <sophisticated electronic devices>
b :  having a refined knowledge of the ways of the world cultivated especially through wide experience <a sophisticated lady>
:  devoid of grossness: as
a :  finely experienced and aware <a sophisticated columnist>
b :  intellectually appealing <a sophisticated novel>
so·phis·ti·cat·ed·ly adverb


  1. She was a sophisticated and well-traveled woman.
  2. a swank and sophisticated restaurant
  3. Her knitting technique is more sophisticated than mine.
  4. Puck's mix of casual and sophisticated elements has become the most prevalent style of L.A. dining today. —Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, 31 Mar. 2009


Medieval Latin sophisticatus
First Known Use: 1601

Synonym Discussion of SOPHISTICATED

sophisticated, worldly-wise, blasé mean experienced in the ways of the world. sophisticated often implies refinement, urbanity, cleverness, and cultivation <guests at her salon were usually rich and sophisticated>. worldly-wise suggests a close and practical knowledge of the affairs and manners of society and an inclination toward materialism <a worldly-wise woman with a philosophy of personal independence>. blasé implies a lack of responsiveness to common joys as a result of a real or affected surfeit of experience and cultivation <blasé travelers who claimed to have been everywhere>.


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