- An example of exquisite is antique lace.
- An example of exquisite is a hand blown glass vase.
- carefully done or elaborately made: an exquisite design
- very beautiful or lovely, esp. in a delicate or carefully wrought way: exquisite lace
- of highest quality; consummate: exquisite technique
- highly sensitive; keenly discriminating; fastidious: an exquisite ear for music
- sharply intense; keen: exquisite pain
Origin of exquisiteME, carefully sought out from Classical Latin exquisitus, past participle of exquirere, to search out from ex-, out + quaerere, to ask
- a. Characterized by highly skilled or intricate art; excellently made or formed: an exquisite gold chalice.b. Extremely or delightfully beautiful: the exquisite colors of a sunset.
- Excellent or outstanding, especially by exhibiting or appealing to refined taste: “A guy who knew all the jazz spots and had an exquisite collection of old 78s” ( Shirley Abbott )
- Extremely subtle or precise: an image rendered in exquisite detail.
- Intense; keen: exquisite delight; suffered exquisite pain.
- Obsolete Ingeniously devised or thought out.
Origin of exquisiteMiddle English exquisit carefully chosen from Latin exquīsītus past participle of exquīrere to search out ex- ex- quaerere to seek
Usage Note: The traditional pronunciation of exquisite has stress on the first syllable (ĕk′skwĭ-zĭt), rhyming roughly with requisite . Although the pronunciation with stress on the second syllable—(ĭk-skwĭz′ĭt), rhyming roughly with exhibit —is newer, it was preferred by 64 percent of the Usage Panel in the 2011 survey.
(comparative more exquisite, superlative most exquisite)
- Especially fine or pleasing; exceptional.
- They sell good coffee and pastries, but their chocolate is exquisite.
- Sourav Ganguly scored an exquisite century in his debut Test match.
- Recherché; far-fetched; abstruse.
- Of special beauty or rare excellence.
- Exceeding; extreme; keen, in a bad or a good sense.
- exquisite pain or pleasure
- Of delicate perception or close and accurate discrimination; not easy to satisfy; exact; fastidious.
- exquisite judgment, taste, or discernment
From Latin exquīsītus, perfect passive participle of exquīrō (“seek out”).