cutting edge

noun

Definition of cutting edge

1 : a sharp effect or quality
2 : the foremost part or place : vanguard

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Other Words from cutting edge

cutting-edge \ ˈkə-​tiŋ-​ˌej How to pronounce cutting-edge (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for cutting edge

Synonyms

avant-garde, van, vanguard

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Examples of cutting edge in a Sentence

a company that has always been on the cutting edge of the new electronic media He's a director who tries to keep his films right on the cutting edge.

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With cutting edge design, large open windows, and a pool house that'll make your jaw hit the floor, the $6.95 million home is turning heads—and has been for years. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Stunning Mansion Featured in ‘La La Land’ is Now For Sale," 10 May 2019 WCW’s product was cutting edge and scorching hot in 1997, and both Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels were gone from the WWE in a five-month period from November of ‘97 to March of ‘98. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Top 10 Takeaways From WWE’s Raw 25," 23 Jan. 2018 The reverend who leads the local church, locked in perpetual mourning after an accident took the lives of four local teens, instills that cutting edge dancing and music are unlawful. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, "Wilmette's high energy 'Footloose' production shares message of empowering teens," 12 July 2018 Credit the songs’ production, which still sound cutting edge in 2018, and especially Big Boi’s towering stage presence and commanding flow. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Review: The Weeknd lives up to superstar status at Summerfest in Milwaukee," 7 July 2018 But here's the thing: What Abt advocates isn't new or cutting edge. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How Bill Abt helped Kenosha's Carthage College beat Harvard and others (in investing)," 25 May 2018 In the 1920s, sports, cutting edge fashion, interior design and an expedition department (Fortnum’s provisioned the first expedition to Mount Everest) were added to the mix effectively creating a department store. Amy Tara Koch, New York Times, "A Road Map to Shopping Like a Royal in London," 9 May 2018 The dress was designed by Christian Siriano, who’s well known for creating cutting edge looks for people who are not always kept in mind or centered in the fashion community — including Leslie Jones. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Nico Tortorella Opened Up About Exploring Their Gender Identity," 8 May 2018 Photo: Emile Garcin Properties There are countless souvenir shops, but over the past three or four years, Ms. Fajas notes the arrival of more boutiques showing off cutting edge local design. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "The Exotic—and Chaotic—Medina of Marrakesh Lures Home Buyers," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of cutting edge

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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cutting edge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cutting edge

: the sharp edge of something that is used to cut things
: the newest and most advanced area of activity in an art, science, etc.

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