The definition of quintessential is something that is the typical example of a particular person or characteristic.adjective
An example of the quintessential soccer mom is a mom who drives a mini-van and whose kids play soccer.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- quinˌtes·senˈtial·ly adverb
Variant of quintessence
- in ancient and medieval philosophy, the fifth essence, or ultimate substance, of which the heavenly bodies were thought to be composed: distinguished from the four elements (air, fire, water, and earth)
- the pure, concentrated essence of anything
- the most nearly perfect manifestation of a quality or thing
Origin: ME quyntencense < MFr quinte essence < ML quinta essentia
- quintessential adjective
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