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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sophisticated mean? 

  The adjective SOPHISTICATED has 3 senses:

1. having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire
2. ahead in development; complex or intricate
3. intellectually appealing

  Familiarity information: SOPHISTICATED used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1sophisticated [BACK TO TOP]


Having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire

Context examples:

sophisticated young socialites / a sophisticated audience / a sophisticated lifestyle / a sophisticated book


worldly-wise (experienced in and wise to the ways of the world)

polished; refined; svelte; urbane (showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience)

intelligent; well-informed (possessing sound knowledge)

blase; worldly (very sophisticated especially because of surfeit; versed in the ways of the world)


literate (able to read and write)

informed (having much knowledge or education)

cosmopolitan; widely distributed (growing or occurring in many parts of the world)

disenchanted (freed from enchantment)

elegant (refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style)

worldly (characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world)


naive (marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience)

Sense 2sophisticated [BACK TO TOP]


Ahead in development; complex or intricate


sophisticated; advanced

Context examples:

advanced technology / a sophisticated electronic control system


hi-tech; high-tech (resembling or making use of highly advanced technology or devices)

Sense 3sophisticated [BACK TO TOP]


Intellectually appealing

Context example:

a sophisticated drama


intellectual (appealing to or using the intellect)

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