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 The quaint bed and breakfasts of yesterday have been replaced by upscale hotels and inns, and the village has become a mecca for top chefs.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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In an era of smartphones and machine learning, email probably seems like a quaint way to keep tabs on your creditworthiness. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "The simplest way to improve your credit score is by using your email," 10 July 2019 Randall believes her quaint, quiet town deserves the national recognition. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Town overcame senseless tragedy. Now, it's vying to be the nation's nicest place," 9 July 2019 Julia Kramer and her husband Zach have spent the past 10 summers at his aunt’s in Round Pond, a decidedly quaint WiFi-free zone (don’t look for any food pics on Julia’s Instagram ). Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit, "Maine Is the Best-Ever Vacation Spot," 9 July 2019 Each building features quaint English and Italian design with charming characteristics like antique windows or giant wooden doors. al.com, "Take a luxury camping trip to the Great Smoky Mountains," 9 July 2019 In a time like our own, with its routine storms of controversy and spasms of outrage, a classical virtue like prudence may feel either quaint or hopelessly irrelevant. Michael F. Bishop, WSJ, "‘Old Whigs’ Review: Rejecting the Extremes," 30 June 2019 With its macaroni factories, accordion shops and quaint markets filled with salamis and Chianti, the neighborhood’s main street, upper Grant Avenue, would be a major visitor draw today. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco scenic treasure that locals overlook," 28 June 2019 The quaint café-style coffeehouse will be held at The Oasis, a renovated 1800’s storefront located at 3 Elm St. Dress is casual. courant.com, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 27 June 2019 Cottonwood Lake Positioned off of Cottonwood Pass a few miles west of the quaint Cottonwood Hot Springs, this lake is surrounded on all sides by the Collegiate Peaks and a wind-chime-like chorus of rustling aspen leaves. Patricia Cameron, The Know, "10 of the best spots to fish in Colorado," 22 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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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 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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