quaint


quaint

adjective \ˈkwānt\

: having an old-fashioned or unusual quality or appearance that is usually attractive or appealing

Full Definition of QUAINT

1
obsolete :  expert, skilled
2
a :  marked by skillful design <quaint with many a device in India ink — Herman Melville>
b :  marked by beauty or elegance
3
a :  unusual or different in character or appearance :  odd
b :  pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned or unfamiliar <a quaint phrase>
quaint·ly adverb
quaint·ness noun

Examples of QUAINT

  1. The fishing village was very quaint.
  2. The writer talks about the quaint customs of the natives.
  3. A lot can change in 25 years, and Yountville has gone from an also-ran on the Napa food-and-wine tourism scene to the focus of activity. The quaint bed and breakfasts of yesterday have been replaced by upscale hotels and inns, and the village has become a mecca for top chefs. —Tim Fish, Wine Spectator, 15 June 2008

Origin of QUAINT

Middle English queinte, cointe, from Anglo-French, clever, expert, from Latin cognitus, past participle of cognoscere to know — more at cognition
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with QUAINT

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