- sought out with care.
- very rare, exotic, or choice; arcane; obscure.
- of studied refinement or elegance; precious; affected; pretentious.
Origin of recherché
Examples from the Web for recherche
I first read A la Recherche du Temps Perdus in the summer I turned 17, and I have to say, it scared the hell out of me.David's Bookclub: Sodom and Gomorrah
September 29, 2012
I do not know what 'recherche' is, but that is what these donkeys were, anyhow.
They were the best we had found any where, and the most 'recherche'.
We had now altogether lost sight of the Archipelago of the Recherche.A Voyage to Terra Australis
Washington is the hot-bed of gayety, and general headquarters for the recherche business.
I have just returned from a polite and recherche party here.
- known only to connoisseurs; choice or rare
- studiedly refined or elegant
Word Origin and History for recherche
1722, from French recherché "carefully sought out," past participle of rechercher "to seek out" (12c.), from re-, here perhaps suggesting repeated activity (see re-) + chercher "to search," from Latin circare, in Late Latin "to wander hither and thither," from circus "circle" (see circus). Commonly used 19c. of food, styles, etc., to denote obscure excellence.