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Definition of quaint

1a : pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned or unfamiliar a quaint phrase
b : unusual or different in character or appearance : odd
2a : marked by skillful design quaint with many a device in India ink— Herman Melville
b : marked by beauty or elegance
3 obsolete : expert, skilled

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quaintly adverb
quaintness noun

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strange, singular, unique, peculiar, eccentric, erratic, odd, quaint, outlandish mean departing from what is ordinary, usual, or to be expected. strange stresses unfamiliarity and may apply to the foreign, the unnatural, the unaccountable. a journey filled with strange sights singular suggests individuality or puzzling strangeness. a singular feeling of impending disaster unique implies singularity and the fact of being without a known parallel. a career unique in the annals of science peculiar implies a marked distinctiveness. the peculiar status of America's first lady eccentric suggests a wide divergence from the usual or normal especially in behavior. the eccentric eating habits of preschoolers erratic stresses a capricious and unpredictable wandering or deviating. a friend's suddenly erratic behavior odd applies to a departure from the regular or expected. an odd sense of humor quaint suggests an old-fashioned but pleasant oddness. a quaint fishing village outlandish applies to what is uncouth, bizarre, or barbaric. outlandish fashions of the time

Examples of quaint in a Sentence

A lot can change in 25 years, and Yountville has gone from an also-ran on the Napa food-and-wine tourism scene to the focus of activity. The quaint bed and breakfasts of yesterday have been replaced by upscale hotels and inns, and the village has become a mecca for top chefs. — Tim Fish, Wine Spectator, 15 June 2008 Therefore, when the federal Constitutional Convention decided in 1787 that U.S. senators would be appointed by state legislatures rather than elected by the people at large, the drafters were actually placing the choice of U.S. senators in the control of state leaders who had met their states' highest qualifications for property and religion. Today, these property and religious qualifications are likely to strike us as quaint historical oddities. — Richard N. Rosenfeld, Harper's, May 2004 Five minutes by ferry from the bustling concrete depths of Wall Street sits what could be a quaint New England town: stately, collegiate buildings framed by tree-lined walkways where the wind rustles through aging oak trees. — Andrea Elliott, New York Times, 25 July 2003 The fishing village was very quaint. The writer talks about the quaint customs of the natives.
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In a quaint 750-seat stadium 60 miles northeast of Cincinnati, Wright State’s baseball team often saw a frequent visitor for many of their home games — Miami Marlins scout Nate Adcock. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "The Wright Stuff — College standouts, Marlins draftees Peyton Burdick and J.D. Orr sticking together at next level," 8 June 2019 Kimmswick, Missouri, just south of St. Louis, has only 170 residents but draws hundreds of thousands of visitors annually to small restaurants, quaint shops and two huge festivals. Washington Post, "Central US flooding hits recreation, tourism industries," 7 June 2019 The outdoors provides ample opportunity to enjoy the Colorado weather and includes a quaint outdoor barn and surrounding area. Kelli Williams, The Denver Post, "Located in Littleton, 395 Shadycroft Drive is a charming, dream-like estate," 6 June 2019 The quaint site made up of Esta Cabin, Tophouse and Wisteria Cabin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "A Day in the Neighborhood: Iroquois is an international smorgasbord of community," 6 June 2019 This old-school restaurant, tucked away beneath primeval trees in the getaway village of Grey Forest northwest of San Antonio, is stuck in a time warp of quaint obsolescence. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Zero-star review: Grey Moss Inn falls behind the times northwest of San Antonio," 6 June 2019 Tonda Corrente, owner of La Femme du Fromage (3201 Corrine Drive, #106, in Orlando; 407-571-9947), will of course be celebrating out of her quaint East End Market stall. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Myriad options await National Cheese Day revelers in Central Florida," 4 June 2019 From quaint inns and quietly secluded bungalows to hip and modern poolside-hangouts, Palm Springs hoteliers cater to the tastes, lifestyles and budgets of all travelers. Stepfanie Romine, USA TODAY, "7 reasons why the summer season is the best time to visit Palm Springs," 4 June 2019 The cutest Victorian-style inn that was featured in Hallmark's Moonlight and Mistletoe, starring the one and only Candace Cameron Bure (aka the beloved DJ Tanner), has just hit the market for $470,000 in a quaint town in Vermont. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Inn Featured in a Hallmark Movie Starring Candace Cameron Bure is For Sale," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of quaint

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for quaint

Middle English queinte, cointe, from Anglo-French, clever, expert, from Latin cognitus, past participle of cognoscere to know — more at cognition

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English Language Learners Definition of quaint

: having an old-fashioned or unusual quality or appearance that is usually attractive or appealing


\ ˈkwānt How to pronounce quaint (audio) \
quainter; quaintest

Kids Definition of quaint

: pleasingly old-fashioned or unfamiliar quaint customs

Other Words from quaint

quaintly adverb
quaintness noun

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