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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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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Plates are small but exquisite, and the location inside a former car dealership across the street from U.S. Steel's Edgar Thomson Works couldn't be more dramatic. Melissa Rayworth, USA TODAY, "Pittsburgh's transformed dining scene is the place to be and eat," 21 Aug. 2019 Times are tricky for print publications in general — all the more so for a title targeted with exquisite precision at middle-school boys. David Von Drehle, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Mad magazine is dying — maybe we should worry," 7 July 2019 Laser scans, with their exquisite precision, don't miss a thing. Andrew Tallon, National Geographic, "Historian uses lasers to unlock mysteries of Gothic cathedrals," 16 Apr. 2019 His pass for Wesley's opening goal was exquisite, as the Spaniard showed incredible vision and precision to cut through the Toffees' defence. SI.com, "6 of the Best Moments From Another Barnstorming Weekend of Premier League Action," 26 Aug. 2019 Waller-Bridge, with her exquisite comic timing and ace ability to convey grief and brokenness, is equally deserving. Los Angeles Times, "Emmy predictions: ‘Barry,’ ‘Veep,’ ‘Maisel’ and ‘Fleabag’ fighting it out," 5 Aug. 2019 There’s too much vulnerability on this year’s staff to expect a radical turnaround, but Samardzija’s timing was exquisite. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Power and pitching: Like old times for the Giants," 10 Aug. 2019 Not only is the form simple and elegant, but the glazing and colors are exquisite. Elizabeth Pash, House Beautiful, "I Cannot Stop Talking About These French Ceramic Hens," 26 July 2019 The service, however, was indeed exquisite, with attention to detail and unexpected table delivery. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, "One Eleven Food Hall guide: What to eat at the new dining collective in Pullman," 4 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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