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.
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 century
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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