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

Choose the Right Synonym for quaint

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 The quaint bed and breakfasts of yesterday have been replaced by upscale hotels and inns, and the village has become a mecca for top chefs.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 Experience every facet of the unique Calistoga wine region, from a towering hillside castle to quaint, downtown tasting rooms. SFChronicle.com, "Winter in the Wineries Passport," 15 Nov. 2019 Such efforts in the past have been dismissed in London or Washington as quaint, or dangerously undermining of NATO, or both. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron on Europe’s fragile place in a hostile world," 7 Nov. 2019 The range will include outfits and ideas that will could be clever, quaint, creepy or gory, simple or elaborate or some mix of all the above. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Rodeo Cardi B, Texans stars, smoke plume among this year's Houston-themed Halloween costumes," 24 Oct. 2019 The Golden Gai is a series of quaint, narrow alleys lined with hundreds of tiny bars. Jarrett Bellini, CNN, "For some, rugby isn't just a game. It's an obsession: a fan's experience at the Rugby World Cup," 7 Oct. 2019 That seems a little quaint and unlikely in our current political era, no? Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Rory Stewart Insists that Brexit Is Different from Trump," 12 June 2019 From a quaint shoreline community to the rural northeast corner of the state, and the scenic rail trail to the capitol city's lesser-known historic district, races include: O'Niantic 5K, Niantic, March 17; and O'Hartford 5K, Hartford, March 18. Courant Community, "Community News For The Putnam Edition," 13 Mar. 2018 The magazine gushed over the quaint community, citing its charming downtown, historic buildings and Governor Warner Mansion and Museum. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "Best place to live in Michigan? Money magazine gives mixed signal," 24 Jan. 2018 Normally at this time of year, as many as 13,000 vehicles a day whiz by this quaint community of cabins and bungalows tucked into the redwoods along California’s Highway 1. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Big Sur Tourism Drops to a Trickle as a Scenic Drive Turns Into a Footpath," 21 July 2017

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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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The first known use of quaint was in the 13th century

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“Quaint.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quaint?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=q&file=quaint01. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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