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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Bueckers was exquisite, as evidenced by her sweeping all the major player of the year awards. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "Highs, lows and best moments of the 2020-21 UConn women’s basketball season," 6 Apr. 2021 The Frick’s exquisite, particular collection shifted the building from oppressive to intimate — much more so than the actual Frick, where its patron’s home always left me powerfully distracted. BostonGlobe.com, "Concrete brings clarity to New York City’s opulent Frick Collection," 1 Apr. 2021 The jewels allude to the strength and audacity of those women with details like weighty links embedded with diamonds, resembling exquisite chain mail. Tanya Dukes, ELLE Decor, "Louis Vuitton's New High-Jewelry Offerings Look to Far-Flung Travel Destinations," 1 Apr. 2021 Such a vessel might not have included as many exquisite bells and whistles, such as the LCS’s speedy waterjet propulsion system. Sebastien Roblin, Forbes, "Japan’s New Mogami-Class Frigates Show What Littoral Combat Ships Could Have Been," 5 Mar. 2021 Moving with exquisite care, Dave Marsh crept to his spotting scope. Philip Caputo, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The Old Man and the Mountains," 22 Nov. 2020 But her real ardor is for digging up large rocks and, with exquisite care and expertise, exposing the beautiful relics within. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Kate Winslet gives her best performance in years in the striking, passionate ‘Ammonite’," 12 Nov. 2020 In addition to fine jewels, With Clarity also specializes in a form of conflict-free lab diamond creation for those with a lower budget, but exquisite taste. Tanya Akim, Forbes, "Meet With Clarity, The Online Jewelry Brand That Lets You Try-On Before You Buy," 1 Mar. 2021 Lukins had exquisite instincts for what people wanted to cook. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "20 women, some you may not know, who influenced how you cook," 16 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The mac, resplendent in white cheese, was like putting a Mercedes in my mouth – that exquisite and that aerodynamic of an eat. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "The Alabama meat-and-three lunch goes postmodern," 30 Mar. 2021 Potter’s ironies, veering between the blunt and the exquisite, the oblique and the confrontational, expose the cruel hazards of nature and the perversities of culture. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Five Movies About Royals to Compete with “The Crown”," 20 Nov. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exquisite. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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 exquisite (audio) \ adverb

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