exquisite

[ ik-skwiz-it, ek-skwi-zit ]
/ ɪkˈskwɪz ɪt, ˈɛk skwɪ zɪt /

adjective

noun

Archaic. a person, especially a man, who is excessively concerned about clothes, grooming, etc.; dandy; coxcomb.

Nearby words

  1. expurgate,
  2. expurgation,
  3. expurgatorial,
  4. expurgatory,
  5. expwy,
  6. exr,
  7. exr.,
  8. exsanguinate,
  9. exsanguine,
  10. exscind

Origin of exquisite

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin exquīsītus meticulous, chosen with care, originally past participle of exquīrere to ask about, examine, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -quīrere, combining form of quaerere to seek

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See delicate. 2. See fine1

Pronunciation note

The pronunciation of exquisite has undergone a rapid change from [ek-skwi-zit] /ˈɛk skwɪ zɪt/ to [ik-skwiz-it] /ɪkˈskwɪz ɪt/, with stress shifting to the second syllable. The newer pronunciation is still criticized by some, but is now more common in both the U.S. and England, and many younger educated speakers are not even aware of the older one. See harass.

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British Dictionary definitions for exquisite

exquisite

/ (ɪkˈskwɪzɪt, ˈɛkskwɪzɪt) /

adjective

noun

obsolete a dandy
Derived Formsexquisitely, adverbexquisiteness, noun

Word Origin for exquisite

C15: from Latin exquīsītus excellent, from exquīrere to search out, from quaerere to seek

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Word Origin and History for exquisite

exquisite

adj.

early 15c., "carefully selected," from Latin exquisitus "carefully sought out," thus, "choice," from past participle of exquirere "search out thoroughly," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + quaerere "to seek" (see query (v.)).

Of any thing (good or bad, torture as well as art) brought to a highly wrought condition, sometimes shading into disapproval. A vogue word 15c.-18c., given wide extensions of meaning, none of which survives. The main modern sense of "of consummate and delightful excellence" is first attested 1579, in Lyly's "Euphues." Related: Exquisitely; exquisiteness. The noun meaning "a dandy, fop" is from 1819.

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Medicine definitions for exquisite

exquisite

[ ĕkskwĭ-zĭt, ĭk-skwĭzĭt ]

n.

Extremely intense, keen, or sharp. Used of pain or tenderness.

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