exquisite

  • 1 Exquisite — Ex qui*site, a. [L. exquisitus, p. p. of exquirere to search out; ex out + quarere to seek, search. See {Quest}.] 1. Carefully selected or sought out; hence, of distinguishing and surpassing quality; exceedingly nice; delightfully excellent;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 exquisité — [ ɛkskizite ] n. f. • 1855; de exquis ♦ Rare Qualité de ce qui est exquis. « Il était beau, léger comme une bulle, bondissant comme un petit cheval, et mettant de l exquisité dans le cœur » (Montherlant). ● exquisité nom féminin Littéraire.… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 3 exquisite — [eks′kwiz it, ek skwiz′it] adj. [ME, carefully sought out < L exquisitus, pp. of exquirere, to search out < ex , out + quaerere, to ask] 1. carefully done or elaborately made [an exquisite design] 2. very beautiful or lovely, esp. in a… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Exquisite — Ex qui*site, n. One who manifests an exquisite attention to external appearance; one who is overnice in dress or ornament; a fop; a dandy. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 exquisite — adj 1 *choice, recherché, rare, dainty, delicate, elegant Analogous words: precious, valuable, priceless, *costly: *consummate, finished: flawless, impeccable, faultless: *perfect, intact, whole, entire 2 intense, vehement, fierce, violent… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 exquisite — [adj1] beautiful, excellent, finely detailed admirable, attractive, charming, choice, comely, consummate, cultivated, dainty, delicate, delicious, discerning, discriminating, elegant, errorless, ethereal, fastidious, fine, flawless, impeccable,… …

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  • 7 exquisite — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of great beauty and delicacy. 2) highly refined: exquisite taste. 3) intensely felt; acute. DERIVATIVES exquisitely adverb exquisiteness noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «precise»: from Latin exquirere seek out …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 exquisite — index attractive, elegant, prime (most valuable), rare Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 9 exquisite — early 15c., carefully selected, from L. exquisitus carefully sought out, thus, choice, from pp. of exquirere search out thoroughly, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + quaerere to seek (see QUERY (Cf. query)). Of any thing (good or bad, tort …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 10 exquisite — The position of the stress has been moving over the last two centuries from the first syllable, which used to be the rule, to the second, which is now very common. Neither Fowler (1926) nor Gowers (1965) made any comment, but there are many who… …

    Modern English usage

  • 11 exquisite — 01. These flowers give off an [exquisite] perfume when they open in the evening. 02. Her wedding gown was simply [exquisite]. She looked like a princess. 03. Sebastien built an [exquisite] little farm set for his grandchildren. 04. Her… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 12 exquisite — ex•quis•ite [[t]ɪkˈskwɪz ɪt, ˈɛk skwɪ zɪt[/t]] adj. 1) of special beauty or charm or rare and appealing excellence: exquisite flowers[/ex] 2) extraordinarily fine: exquisite weather[/ex] 3) intense; acute: exquisite pain[/ex] 4) of rare… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 13 exquisite — [[t]ɪkskwɪ̱zɪt, e̱kskwɪzɪt[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Something that is exquisite is extremely beautiful or pleasant, especially in a delicate way. The Indians brought in exquisite beadwork to sell... Mr Zhang s photography is exquisite. ...her exquisite …

    English dictionary

  • 14 exquisite — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English exquisit, from Latin exquisitus, past participle of exquirere to search out, from ex + quaerere to seek Date: 15th century 1. carefully selected ; choice 2. archaic accurate 3 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 exquisite — exquisitely, adv. exquisiteness, n. /ik skwiz it, ek skwi zit/, adj. 1. of special beauty or charm, or rare and appealing excellence, as a face, a flower, coloring, music, or poetry. 2. extraordinarily fine or admirable; consummate: exquisite… …

    Universalium

  • 16 exquisite — ex|qui|site [ıkˈskwızıt, ˈekskwı ] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: exquisitus, past participle of exquirere to search out , from quaerere to look for ] 1.) extremely beautiful and very delicately made ▪ the most exquisite craftsmanship 2.) …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 exquisite — adjective 1 extremely beautiful and very delicately made: exquisite craftsmanship 2 very sensitive and delicate in the way you behave or do things: Darling, you have exquisite taste. 3 literary exquisite pain or pleasure is felt very strongly… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 exquisite — adjective 1) exquisite antique glass Syn: beautiful, lovely, elegant, fine; magnificent, superb, excellent, wonderful, ornate, well crafted, well made, perfect; delicate, fragile, dainty, subtle 2) …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 exquisite — ex|qui|site [ ık skwızıt, ekskwızıt ] adjective 1. ) extremely beautiful and delicate: an exquisite hand painted vase from China 2. ) showing excellent judgment: The furnishings show exquisite taste. 3. ) LITERARY felt in an extreme way: INTENSE… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 exquisite — [15] Etymologically, exquisite means ‘sought out’. It comes from the past participle of Latin exquīrere, a compound formed from the prefix ex ‘out’ and quaerere ‘search’ (source of English query, quest, and question). Already in Latin it had… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins