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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Other Words from exquisite

Adjective

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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And Sonya Berlovitz’s costumes are exquisite, dropping us convincingly into three parts of the 20th century. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Park Square shows off Christie’s mastery of mystery in fun fashion," 20 July 2019 And, for my money, listening to a singer of the quality of Leryn Turlington warble that most exquisite of ditties beats sitting in any Starbucks, or, Oz knows, my office. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Rainbows before noon: 'Wizard of Oz’ is lovely at Chicago Shakespeare Theater," 19 July 2019 The attention to detail is exquisite, from Timon’s jittery hands and random scratching fits to the water droplets hanging off the whiskers of wise mandrill Rafiki (John Kani) during a torrential rainstorm. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "Visual majesty elevates live-action ‘Lion King’," 1 July 2019 According to Trip Advisor, the property is one of the most exquisite private estates in Provence, and is available for booking at approx. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Game of Thrones Reunion! Maisie Williams Arrives at Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas' Wedding Château," 28 June 2019 Stay: The Merrion As Brette predicted, this glamorous hotel—four restored Georgian townhouses with an exquisite interior garden and crowd-pleasing 60-foot swimming pool—was the perfect perch. Amy Tara Koch, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Plan a Family Trip to Ireland," 12 July 2018 Be intrigued by Nezu's exquisite Japanese garden with its rolling slopes, stepping stones, tea houses and an extensive collection of stone lanterns perfectly placed throughout the colorful fauna. Scott Gilman, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Japan," 5 Oct. 2016 Producer Michael Fitzgerald stayed at Cartagena's luxury boutique Hotel Casa San Agustín (from $329), made up of a trio of exquisite, restored 17th-century homes. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "Where Katy Perry, Francis Ford Coppola Hang Out in South America," 7 June 2019 What rings most true throughout is the film’s hauntingly exquisite portrayal of Black male relationships. Cori Murray, Essence, "'Last Black Man in San Francisco' Is A Must-See Film This Weekend," 7 June 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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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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