The definition of quintessential is something that is the typical example of a particular person or characteristic.
An example of the quintessential soccer mom is a mom who drives a mini-van and whose kids play soccer.
Of, relating to, or having the nature of a quintessence; being the most typical: “Liszt was the quintessential romantic” (Musical Heritage Review).
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 of quintessenceMiddle English quyntencense ; from Middle French quinte essence ; from Medieval Latin quinta essentia