quaint

adjective
\ ˈkwānt How to pronounce quaint (audio) \

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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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 The quaint bed and breakfasts of yesterday have been replaced by upscale hotels and inns, and the village has become a mecca for top chefs.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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Recent Examples on the Web CBS Television City, the quaint Original Farmer’s Market and the luxury of the Grove are among sights. Stefanie Dazio, Time, "Los Angeles Calls in National Guard to Curb Unrest as Demonstrations Continue," 31 May 2020 The quaint normalcy of that simple exchange nearly brought me to tears. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "I got an early glimpse of the future of dining. Here's what it looks like.," 26 May 2020 No more elbow-to-elbow shopping in the quaint store or noshing on barbecue in a rocking chair under the pavilion ― at least for now. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "Find fresh Texas peaches and barbecue to-go at this orchard in Terrell," 13 May 2020 On April 27, Martinez and Gonzalez decided to get married in a quaint courthouse ceremony. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "Celebrating Mother’s Day, six feet apart in San Antonio," 10 May 2020 Plus, Palacios offers quaint local shops and restaurants. Houston Chronicle, "Gated-community properties start at $24,880 in Beachside," 9 May 2020 Sultan, a pita bread factory and quaint pastry shop on an otherwise bare stretch of Stockton Avenue, is known for its variety of Middle Eastern sweets. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "A San Francisco restaurant critic’s new (to her) San Jose favorites," 27 Feb. 2020 The story centers Cassie, a med school dropout who lives with her parents and works at a quaint coffee shop. Joi Childs, Teen Vogue, ""Promising Young Woman" Is an Unapologetic Revenge Fantasy Aimed at Rape Culture," 30 Jan. 2020 Fiona, a New York City real estate broker retreats to her family’s quaint Vermont inn after being dumped by her boyfriend, Nate When Nate shows up at the inn with a new girlfriend, Fiona devises a plan to win him back. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 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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“Quaint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quaint. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for quaint

quaint

adjective
How to pronounce quaint (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of quaint

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

quaint

adjective
\ 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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