exquisite

adjective
ex·​qui·​site | \ ek-ˈskwi-zət , ˈek-(ˌ)skwi- \

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
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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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There are no shortage of advertisements reminding women to be doting, selfless mothers; to be exquisite cooks; and joyful cleaners of laundry; and to never, ever, ever let our looks go. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Reactions to Gillette Ad Prove Toxic Masculinity Is Real," 18 Jan. 2019 The giant speakers hanging on both sides of the stage can strike an opera fan as a sacrilege, and the amplification is at cross-purposes with the auditorium's exquisite acoustical capabilities. Deanna Isaacs, Chicago Reader, "Lyric’s Jesus Christ is, indeed, a superstar," 1 May 2018 Named for a cove that was later filled in, Turtle Bay has a history that is as disjointed as an exquisite corpse. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Turtle Bay, Manhattan: The Convenience of Midtown, at a Relatively Affordable Price," 10 Jan. 2018 Guests are transported to the cabin via an open-air sleigh ride and then treated to a five-course meal of exquisite, regionally inspired fare and a menu that is carefully paired with spectacular wines. Discover Magazine, "The Great Snow of Beaver Creek," 3 Oct. 2018 Young's character in the film is most famous for her exquisite taste–and her distaste for her son Nick's new Chinese-American girlfriend, Rachel Chu, played by Globes Best Actress nominee, Constance Wu. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michelle Yeoh Wore the Crazy Rich Asians Engagement Ring to the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 The end of the film, like so much that precedes it, is exquisite beyond words. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Cold War’ Review: Love Under Siege," 20 Dec. 2018 But a vast syndicate isn't nearly as compelling as a violent psychopath with exquisite taste who also longs for love. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Matt Murdock is back and darker than ever in new trailer for Daredevil season 3," 21 Sep. 2018 Over the next few weeks, fortify your exquisite tastes with trips to art galleries, wine tasting excursions, or a few indulgent shopping sprees. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's August 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean 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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The first known use of exquisite was in the 15th century

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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 , 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 , ek- \

Medical Definition of exquisite

: acute sense 2a, intense exquisite pain

Other Words from exquisite

exquisitely \ -​lē \ adverb

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