Simple Definition of sophisticated
: 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
1 : deprived of native or original simplicity: asa : 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>
2 : devoid of grossness: asa : finely experienced and aware <a sophisticated columnist>b : intellectually appealing <a sophisticated novel>
Examples of sophisticated in a sentence
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
Sophisticated investors took Moody's and S&P's word for it, and it turned out that the agencies didn't know what they were doing. —Andy Serwer et al., Time, 29 Sept. 2008
“These students want the amenities they grew up with at home—their own rooms, their own baths, along with some of the finer things in life. They're a more sophisticated consumer.” —Camille Sweeney, New York Times Real Estate Magazine, Spring 2007
Sonar devices can locate an enemy's sophisticated, almost-silent diesel submarines by, ironically, making a deafening noise—sometimes above 230 decibels, as loud as a Saturn V rocket blasting off. —Dick Russell, Mother Jones, March & April 2006
She was a sophisticated and well-traveled woman.
a swank and sophisticated restaurant
Her knitting technique is more sophisticated than mine.
Did You Know?
A sophisticated argument is thorough and well-worked-out. A satellite is a sophisticated piece of technology, complex and designed to accomplish difficult tasks. A sophisticated person, such as Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, knows how to get around in the world. But sophistication isn't always admired. As you might guess, the word is closely related to sophistry (see above), and its original meanings weren't very positive, and still today many of us aren't sure we really like sophisticates.
Origin and Etymology of sophisticated
Medieval Latin sophisticatus
First Known Use: 1601
Synonym Discussion of sophisticated
SOPHISTICATED Defined for Kids
Definition of sophisticated for Students
1 : very complicated <sophisticated electronic devices>
2 : having a lot of knowledge about the world especially through experience
3 : appealing to a person's intelligence <a sophisticated novel>
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