exquisite
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English exquisit, from Latin exquisitus, past participle of exquirere to search out, from ex- + quaerere to seek Date: 15th century 1. carefully selected ; choice 2. archaic accurate 3. a. marked by flawless craftsmanship or by beautiful, ingenious, delicate, or elaborate execution <
an exquisite vase
>
b. marked by nice discrimination, deep sensitivity, or subtle understanding <
exquisite taste
>
c. accomplished, perfected <
an exquisite gentleman
>
4. a. pleasing through beauty, fitness, or perfection <
an exquisite white blossom
>
b. acute, intense <
exquisite pain
>
c. having uncommon or esoteric appeal Synonyms: see choiceexquisitely adverbexquisiteness noun II. noun Date: 1819 one who is overly fastidious in dress or ornament

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  • Exquisite — Ex qui*site, a. [L. exquisitus, p. p. of exquirere to search out; ex out + quarere to seek, search. See {Quest}.] 1. Carefully selected or sought out; hence, of distinguishing and surpassing quality; exceedingly nice; delightfully excellent;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exquisité — [ ɛkskizite ] n. f. • 1855; de exquis ♦ Rare Qualité de ce qui est exquis. « Il était beau, léger comme une bulle, bondissant comme un petit cheval, et mettant de l exquisité dans le cœur » (Montherlant). ● exquisité nom féminin Littéraire.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • exquisite — [eks′kwiz it, ek skwiz′it] adj. [ME, carefully sought out < L exquisitus, pp. of exquirere, to search out < ex , out + quaerere, to ask] 1. carefully done or elaborately made [an exquisite design] 2. very beautiful or lovely, esp. in a… …   English World dictionary

  • Exquisite — Ex qui*site, n. One who manifests an exquisite attention to external appearance; one who is overnice in dress or ornament; a fop; a dandy. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exquisite — adj 1 *choice, recherché, rare, dainty, delicate, elegant Analogous words: precious, valuable, priceless, *costly: *consummate, finished: flawless, impeccable, faultless: *perfect, intact, whole, entire 2 intense, vehement, fierce, violent… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • exquisite — [adj1] beautiful, excellent, finely detailed admirable, attractive, charming, choice, comely, consummate, cultivated, dainty, delicate, delicious, discerning, discriminating, elegant, errorless, ethereal, fastidious, fine, flawless, impeccable,… …   New thesaurus

  • exquisite — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of great beauty and delicacy. 2) highly refined: exquisite taste. 3) intensely felt; acute. DERIVATIVES exquisitely adverb exquisiteness noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «precise»: from Latin exquirere seek out …   English terms dictionary

  • exquisite — index attractive, elegant, prime (most valuable), rare Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • exquisite — early 15c., carefully selected, from L. exquisitus carefully sought out, thus, choice, from pp. of exquirere search out thoroughly, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + quaerere to seek (see QUERY (Cf. query)). Of any thing (good or bad, tort …   Etymology dictionary

  • exquisite — The position of the stress has been moving over the last two centuries from the first syllable, which used to be the rule, to the second, which is now very common. Neither Fowler (1926) nor Gowers (1965) made any comment, but there are many who… …   Modern English usage

  • exquisite — 01. These flowers give off an [exquisite] perfume when they open in the evening. 02. Her wedding gown was simply [exquisite]. She looked like a princess. 03. Sebastien built an [exquisite] little farm set for his grandchildren. 04. Her… …   Grammatical examples in English

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