quaint

adjective
\ ˈkwānt \

Definition of quaint

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

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Other Words from quaint

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 The quaint bed and breakfasts of yesterday have been replaced by upscale hotels and inns, and the village has become a mecca for top chefs.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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Nearby Brasserie Zédel seems like a quaint restaurant, too, but its staircase leads you back in time to a subterranean Art Deco wonderland. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Where to Find London’s Hidden French Side," 7 Jan. 2019 Paul Evans reading the book known as Erskine May. Photo: Georgi Kantchev/The Wall Street Journal In normal times, the quaint procedural conventions of British Parliament are of little interest, even to lawmakers. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Rule Book from 1844 Becomes a Must-Read in Brexit Debate," 3 Jan. 2019 But Nintendo’s tablet / console hybrid could be the perfect home for the quaint life simulator. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 40 games we can’t wait to play in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 The sequence of events seems essentially right, except for the quaint idea that Bobby—or anybody else who read a newspaper or gossip column over the previous twenty years—was unaware of Sinatra’s fraternizing with the Mob. Lee Server, Town & Country, "The Real Reason Frank Sinatra Was Banned from the Kennedy White House," 7 Nov. 2018 NOW CLOSED Central Wine, a quaint and stylishly decorated wine bar at Central Avenue and Indian School Road in Phoenix. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "New restaurants in Phoenix in June have standout burgers, Mexican food, pizza," 1 July 2018 When Mekea and Tim Duffy moved with their three girls into a new-build home in the quaint Minneapolis neighborhood of Linden Hills, they were refreshingly recharged being surrounded by super fresh, super white walls. Jennifer Blaise Kramer, House Beautiful, "How Pops Of Color Transformed These Classic White Rooms," 17 Dec. 2018 The streets of this quaint little town look as if they were pulled directly from the pages of a storybook with every charming restaurant, bar, and hotel serving as its characters. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Winter In Cape May, New Jersey," 10 Dec. 2018 Just like most of the channel's picturesque films, this one features a quaint small town as its setting, which star Jennifer Finnigan argues is the best part of the movie. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Welcome to Christmas' Movie Was Filmed in a Real-Life Winter Wonderland," 9 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of quaint

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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quaint

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of quaint

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

quaint

adjective
\ ˈkwānt \
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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