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- (obsolete) Cunning; craftiness.
- (obsolete) Skill, artfulness.
- (obsolete) Primness, fastidiousness, preciousness.
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 10, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821:
- As for good Terence, I allow the quaintnesse [transl. mignardise] and grace of his Latine tongue, and judge him wonderfull conceited and apt […].
- The state or fact of being quaint; having old-fashioned charm.