exquisite


1ex·qui·site

adjective \ek-ˈskwi-zət, ˈek-(ˌ)\

: finely done or made : very beautiful or delicate

: very sensitive or fine

: extreme or intense

Full Definition of EXQUISITE

1
:  carefully selected :  choice
2
archaic :  accurate
3
a :  marked by flawless craftsmanship or by beautiful, ingenious, delicate, or elaborate execution <an exquisite vase>
b :  marked by nice discrimination, deep sensitivity, or subtle understanding <exquisite taste>
c :  accomplished, perfected <an exquisite gentleman>
4
a :  pleasing through beauty, fitness, or perfection <an exquisite white blossom>
b :  acute, intense <exquisite pain>
c :  having uncommon or esoteric appeal
ex·qui·site·ly adverb
ex·qui·site·ness noun

Examples of EXQUISITE

  1. a move executed with exquisite precision
  2. Her singing voice is truly exquisite.
  3. He chose his words with exquisite care.
  4. My dream was … to play smoky ballads of exquisite sweetness and sophistication with somebody like Michelle Pfeiffer leaning misty-eyed over my shoulder. Actually, since this was the middle of the fifties, my fantasy ideal was probably closer to Doris Day. —Daniel C. Dennett, Curious Minds, (2004) 2005

Origin of EXQUISITE

Middle English exquisit, from Latin exquisitus, past participle of exquirere to search out, from ex- + quaerere to seek
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with EXQUISITE

2ex·qui·site

noun \ek-ˈskwi-zət, ˈek-(ˌ)\

Definition of EXQUISITE

:  one who is overly fastidious in dress or ornament

Origin of EXQUISITE

(see 1exquisite)
First Known Use: 1819

Rhymes with EXQUISITE

ex·qui·site

adjective \ik-ˈskwiz-ət, ek-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of EXQUISITE

: acute 2a, intense <exquisite pain>
ex·qui·site·ly \-lē\ adverb

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