[ suh-fis-ti-key-tid ]
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  1. (of a person, ideas, tastes, manners, etc.) altered by education, experience, etc., so as to be worldly-wise; not naive: a sophisticated young socialite;the sophisticated eye of an experienced journalist.

  2. pleasing or satisfactory to the tastes of sophisticates, or people who are educated, cultured, and worldly-wise: sophisticated music.

  1. deceptive; misleading.

  2. complex or intricate, as a system, process, piece of machinery, or the like: a sophisticated electronic control system.

  3. of, for, or reflecting educated taste, knowledgeable use, etc.: Many Americans are drinking more sophisticated wines now.

Origin of sophisticated

First recorded in 1595–1605; sophisticate + -ed2

Other words for sophisticated

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Other words from sophisticated

  • so·phis·ti·cat·ed·ly, adverb
  • hy·per·so·phis·ti·cat·ed, adjective
  • hy·per·so·phis·ti·cat·ed·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·so·phis·ti·cat·ed, adjective
  • su·per·so·phis·ti·cat·ed, adjective
  • ul·tra·so·phis·ti·cat·ed, adjective
  • ul·tra·so·phis·ti·cat·ed·ly, adverb

Words Nearby sophisticated Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sophisticated in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sophisticated


/ (səˈfɪstɪˌkeɪtɪd) /

  1. having refined or cultured tastes and habits

  2. appealing to sophisticates: a sophisticated restaurant

  1. unduly refined or cultured

  2. pretentiously or superficially wise

  3. (of machines, methods, etc) complex and refined

Derived forms of sophisticated

  • sophisticatedly, adverb

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