Definition of state of the art in English:

state of the art

phrase

  • The most recent stage in the development of a product, incorporating the newest ideas and features.

    as modifier ‘a new state-of-the-art hospital’
    • ‘‘We consider it's real state of the art,’ says the project director, Peter Lundhus.’
    • ‘This production method was state of the art back in 1966, and still is very difficult to master today.’
    • ‘All four of Pixar's films have been critical favourites, and have been absolutely state of the art in terms of animation.’
    • ‘Remarkable for the time, the production process in the new distillery was state of the art in terms of continuous distillation.’
    • ‘Cheap to produce, these simple gadgets and engineering projects - many devised by the locals - may not be state of the art.’
    • ‘But the facilities were state of the art, and soon Sister Ellen and her colleagues were helping a new generation into the world.’
    • ‘It is not state of the art - Class 47s have long been superseded by HSTs, tilting trains and TGVs.’
    • ‘The state-of-the-art vehicles are part of a fleet of almost 200 tough, all-terrain cargo vehicles destined for 3 Commando Brigade.’
    • ‘He said the new kitchen is much more modern and state of the art, and will be much more efficient for workers and kitchen personnel.’
    • ‘A new £1.6m state-of-the art visitor centre has opened its doors at Dawyck Botanic Garden (Scotland), one of four botanic gardens of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.’
    modern, ultra-modern, futuristic, avant-garde, the latest, new, the newest, up to the minute
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Pronunciation

state of the art

/ˌsteɪt əv ðɪ ˈɑːt/