Definition of exquisite
1 : carefully selected : choice
2 archaic : accurate
3a : marked by flawless craftsmanship or by beautiful, ingenious, delicate, or elaborate execution an exquisite vaseb : marked by nice discrimination, deep sensitivity, or subtle understanding exquisite tastec : accomplished, perfected an exquisite gentleman
Examples of exquisite in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of exquisite from the Web
But there was something both exquisite and distinct about Tribe alt-rocker Terri Brosius's inspired voicing of the character.
This exquisite weather pattern continues into and through tomorrow.
Exquisite paintings and chandeliers hang in rib vault hallways, like this one, which leads to a dreamy garden overlooking the beach—
Mega-producer Shonda Rhimes' ability to pick up exquisite real estate is almost equally as impressive as her knack for churning out TV gold.
Much of the work happens in just a small portion of the stage’s square footage, and the dancers are exquisite.
Though some snooty critics have long dismissed the artist, Jean-Léon Gérôme, and his exquisite, intensely erotic late 19th-century canvas, the sale set a record price for the painter.
But the best part of the sandwich is the bread: a warm, fresh and buttery baked croissant-pretzel hybrid that is melt-in-your-mouth exquisite.
Lynn Burton's piccolo solo during the number was exquisite.
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Origin and Etymology of exquisite
Middle English exquisit, from Latin exquisitus, past participle of exquirere to search out, from ex- + quaerere to seek
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of exquisite
EXQUISITE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of exquisite for English Language Learners
: finely done or made : very beautiful or delicate
: very sensitive or fine
: extreme or intense
EXQUISITE Defined for Kids
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