exquisite

adjective
ex·​qui·​site | \ ek-ˈskwi-zət How to pronounce exquisite (audio) , ˈek-(ˌ)skwi- How to pronounce exquisite (audio) \

Definition of exquisite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2a : pleasing through beauty, fitness, or perfection an exquisite white blossom
b : acute, intense exquisite pain
c : having uncommon or esoteric appeal
3 : carefully selected : choice
4 archaic : accurate

exquisite

noun

Definition of exquisite (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who is overly fastidious in dress or ornament

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exquisitely adverb
exquisiteness noun

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Adjective

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

Examples of exquisite in a Sentence

Adjective 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 Also on view is one of Poussin's first classical landscape paintings; its exquisite geometry provides fresh insight into why Cézanne was one of this great painter's most passionate admirers. — Evelyn Toynton, Arts & Antiques, February 1996 a move executed with exquisite precision Her singing voice is truly exquisite. He chose his words with exquisite care.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Either way, these paintings are exquisite in their fuzziness, transporting us away from the everydayness of our experience. Matthew Bourbon, Dallas News, "Warm and fuzzy: Marjorie Norman Schwarz’s paintings at Dallas’ 12.26 gallery reward viewers’ patience," 15 Jan. 2020 This opposition gave him exquisite control over the blade edge. The Economist, "Obituary: David Esterly died on June 15th," 28 June 2019 Making 5,000 vehicles a week—one every two minutes—requires exquisite control of global supply chains, stable and productive relations with workers, and an efficient, reliable assembly process. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Tesla Ramps Up Model 3 Production and Predicts Profits This Fall," 2 May 2018 Her body is lissome, almost lanky, though always in exquisite control. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "Juilliard’s New Dance Director Comes From Ailey and Ballet," 10 Apr. 2018 And Cajal’s exquisite, meticulous drawings of neurons in the brain and spinal cord proved to be powerful tools for persuasively communicating his vision to the scientific world. Quanta Magazine, "Why the First Drawings of Neurons Were Defaced," 28 Sep. 2017 The cooking reaches well past photogenic egg salad sandos: exquisite, austere vegetable dishes; chocolate croissants served hot; deeply caramelized canelés; and a custardy date tart from pastry chef Jen Yee. Los Angeles Times, "Where to eat a traditional Japanese breakfast in Los Angeles," 11 Jan. 2020 Johnny and his mother designed day beds, a 16’ diameter oak bar, striped fringed umbrellas, and hand tie dyed throw pillows to make an exquisite, chic, and cozy sunset beach club environment. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Top Model Devon Windsor Wed Alexis Co-Founder Jonathan Barbara in a Stunning Three-Day Wedding in St. Barths," 20 Nov. 2019 The warrens that ran through the village were silent, exquisite, and mysterious. Timothy O'grady, Condé Nast Traveler, "For the Real Santorini, Visit During Off-Season," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of exquisite

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun

1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for exquisite

Adjective and Noun

Middle English exquisit, from Latin exquisitus, past participle of exquirere to search out, from ex- + quaerere to seek

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The first known use of exquisite was in the 15th century

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5 Feb 2020

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“Exquisite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exquisite. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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exquisite

adjective
How to pronounce exquisite (audio) How to pronounce exquisite (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of exquisite

: finely done or made : very beautiful or delicate
: very sensitive or fine
: extreme or intense

exquisite

adjective
ex·​qui·​site | \ ek-ˈskwi-zət How to pronounce exquisite (audio) , ˈek-skwi- \

Kids Definition of exquisite

1 : finely made or done exquisite workmanship
2 : very pleasing (as through beauty) exquisite roses
3 : intense sense 1, extreme exquisite pain

exquisite

adjective
ex·​qui·​site | \ ik-ˈskwiz-ət How to pronounce exquisite (audio) , ek- How to pronounce exquisite (audio) \

Medical Definition of exquisite

: acute sense 2a, intense exquisite pain

Other Words from exquisite

exquisitely \ -​lē How to pronounce exquisitely (audio) \ adverb

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