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Meaning of EXQUISITE

Pronunciation:  'ekskwizit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  of extreme beauty; "her exquisite face"
  2. [adj]  of delicate composition and artistry; "a dainty teacup"; "an exquisite cameo"
  3. [adj]  lavishly elegant and refined
  4. [adj]  intense or sharp; "suffered exquisite pain"; "felt exquisite pleasure"

EXQUISITE is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: beautiful, dainty, delicate, elegant, intense, keen, recherche



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ex"qui*site\, a. [L. exquisitus, p. p. of exquirere
    to search out; ex out + quarere to seek, search. See
    1. Carefully selected or sought out; hence, of distinguishing
       and surpassing quality; exceedingly nice; delightfully
       excellent; giving rare satisfaction; as, exquisite
             Plate of rare device, and jewels Of reach and
             exquisite form.                       --Shak.
             I have no exquisite reason for 't, but I have reason
             good enough.                          --Shak.
    2. Exceeding; extreme; keen; -- used in a bad or a good
       sense; as, exquisite pain or pleasure.
    3. Of delicate perception or close and accurate
       discrimination; not easy to satisfy; exact; nice;
       fastidious; as, exquisite judgment, taste, or discernment.
             His books of Oriental languages, wherein he was
             exquisite.                            --Fuller.
    Syn: Nice; delicate; exact; refined; choice; rare; matchless;
         consummate; perfect.
  2. \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.
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