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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The craftsmanship is exquisite—and the springtime hues brightened up my otherwise dreary winter night. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Oldies but Goodies: The 10 Standout Antiques from The Winter Show," 18 Jan. 2019 From attending church in the exquisite Duomo to watching the sun set at Piazza Michelangelo, Italy truly captured my heart. Teen Vogue, "10 Best Places To Study Abroad: Our Favorite Study-Abroad Cities," 25 Mar. 2019 Plush custom mattresses and deep soaking tubs lead to indulgent indolence after drinks or dining at several pricey but exquisite venues. Jeanne Cooper, SFChronicle.com, "Suite Spot: Four Seasons emerges refreshed after Santa Barbara fires," 11 June 2018 Lincoln's just beginning to make its mark in international markets like China, and the creative design and exquisite details of the Navigator's interior should put it on plenty of new buyers' lists. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Is 2018 Lincoln Navigator really a truck? Yes, and here's why," 15 Jan. 2018 Their exquisite saris are a foil to Aram’s gleaming metal sculptures displayed throughout the property. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "Tour Michael Aram's two stunning homes in India," 12 Mar. 2019 Among his patrons was Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, who commissioned an exquisite tiara in the form of a field of poppies, complete with a tiny jeweled bug on one of its petals. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "This Cult Danish Jeweler’s Work Will Be Reissued at Dover Street Market," 1 June 2018 The socialite was known for her exquisite taste in style and interiors, even embarking on a career as an interior decorator at one point. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Carole Radziwill Remembers Her Late Mother-in-Law Lee Radziwill," 19 Feb. 2019 Over the next few weeks, fortify your exquisite tastes by taking trips to art galleries, going on wine-tasting excursions, or having a few indulgent shopping sprees. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Libra Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018

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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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exquisite

adjective

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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