[ sawt-af-ter, -ahf- ]
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  1. that is in demand; desirable: a sought-after speaker.

Origin of sought-after

First recorded in 1880–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sought-after in a sentence

  • Her father had no son living, therefore she was an only child, and the most-sought-after of any maiden in that band.

  • It is still breaking records, and is one of the most sought-after acts in vaudeville.

  • A good horseman, a good violin player, a good dancer, he was a much-sought-after young man.

    Thomas Jefferson | Gilbert Chinard
  • With not a great deal of money, he had acquired a few of the world's most sought-after treasures.

    The Unpublishable Memoirs | A. S. W. Rosenbach
  • We have already spoken of Niagara as one of the wonders of the world, and one of the most sought-after beauty spots of America.

    My Native Land | James Cox

British Dictionary definitions for sought-after


  1. in demand; wanted

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with sought-after


Also, much sought after. Very popular, in demand, as in He was much sought after as a throat specialist, particularly by singers. This expression uses the past participle of seek in the sense of “desired” or “searched for.” [Late 1800s]

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