exquisite

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin exquīsītus, perfect passive participle of exquīrō (seek out).

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪkˈskwɪzɪt/, /ˈɛkskwɪzɪt/

Adjective[edit]

exquisite (comparative more exquisite, superlative most exquisite)

  1. 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.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 1/2, The Younger Set[1]:
      Selwyn …, after having boloed Drina to everybody's exquisite satisfaction, looked around [] to catch a glimpse of a vanishing figure [] and the white curve of a youthful face, half-buried in a muff.
  2. (obsolete) Carefully adjusted; precise; accurate; exact.
  3. Recherché; far-fetched; abstruse.
  4. Of special beauty or rare excellence.
  5. Exceeding; extreme; keen, in a bad or a good sense.
    exquisite pain or pleasure
  6. Of delicate perception or close and accurate discrimination; not easy to satisfy; exact; fastidious.
    exquisite judgment, taste, or discernment
    • Fuller
      his books of Oriental languages, wherein he was exquisite

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Noun[edit]

exquisite (plural exquisites)

  1. (rare) Fop, dandy. [from early 20th c.]
    • 1925, P. G. Wodehouse , Sam the Sudden, Random House, London:2007, p. 42.
      So striking was his appearance that two exquisites, emerging from the Savoy Hotel and pausing on the pavement to wait for a vacant taxi, eyed him with pained disapproval as he approached, and then, starting, stared in amazement.
      'Good Lord!' said the first exquisite.

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Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

exquīsīte

  1. vocative masculine singular of exquīsītus