exquisite[eks′kwiz it, ek skwiz′it]
- The definition of exquisite is someone or something that is beautiful, delicate or of the highest quality.
- 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 exquisiteMiddle English carefully sought out ; from Classical Latin exquisitus, past participle of exquirere, to search out ; from ex-, out + quaerere, to ask
a person who makes a great show of being refined and fastidious in matters of taste, etc.
- 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.
One who is excessively fastidious in dress, manners, or taste.
Origin of exquisiteMiddle English exquisit, carefully chosen, from Latin exquīsītus, past participle of exquīrere, to search out : ex-, ex- + quaerere, to seek.
(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”).