An example of essence is what is captured of someone’s personality in a good photograph.
An example of an essence is the scent of a tropical flower in a vial of oil.
A neighbor who is the essence of hospitality.
The essence of her argument is that the policy is wrongheaded.
- By nature; essentially:He is in essence a reclusive sort.
- Of the greatest importance; crucial:Time is of the essence.
- of the greatest importance
Origin of essence
- Middle English essencia French essence both from Latin essentia from esse to be from the presumed present participle essēns *essent- (on the model of differentia difference) (from differēns different-) (present participle of differre to differ) created to translate Greek ousiā (from ousa) (feminine present participle of einai to be) es- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition