Simple Definition of exquisite
: 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>
Examples of exquisite
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
Watching Osama bin Laden's first video broadcast after the start of the American air offensive on Afghanistan, I was struck by the exquisite Arabic he spoke. —Navid Kermani, Times Literary Supplement, 1 Oct. 2004
a move executed with exquisite precision
Her singing voice is truly exquisite.
He chose his words with exquisite care.
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
Synonym Discussion of exquisite
choice, exquisite, elegant, rare, delicate, dainty mean having qualities that appeal to a cultivated taste. choice stresses preeminence in quality or kind <choice fabric>. exquisite implies a perfection in workmanship or design that appeals only to very sensitive taste <an exquisite gold bracelet>. elegant applies to what is rich and luxurious but restrained by good taste <a sumptuous but elegant dining room>. rare suggests an uncommon excellence <rare beauty>. delicate implies exquisiteness, subtlety, and fragility <delicate craftsmanship>. dainty sometimes carries an additional suggestion of smallness and of appeal to the eye or palate <dainty sandwiches>.
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