of the pure and essential essence of something: the quintessential Jewish delicatessen.
of or relating to the most perfect embodiment of something: the quintessential performance of the Brandenburg Concertos.
- quin·tes·sen·tial·ly, adverb
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How to use quintessential in a sentence
While they are hygienic and offer a means for restaurants to save on staffing costs, many people regard chatting with a server as a quintessential part of going out for a meal.Fewer waiters, no menus: Is Square’s new service the future of dining? | Jeff | September 29, 2020 | Fortune
The quintessential espresso—Café Bustelo have been at it for almost a century.Gear to make every day feel like National Coffee Day | PopSci Commerce Team | September 29, 2020 | Popular-Science
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Ignoring people you hooked up with at Shooters when encountering them on campus is a quintessential Duke experience.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating | Ellie Schaack | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But in reality he is the quintessential example of how Washington corrupts.
Santorini is an island of churches: nearly 400 of them, many topped with the quintessential blue dome.
No wonder that of all the Bradys, it is the quintessential old maid who we miss the most.
What, in your view, makes a quintessential Sony Classics release?Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker and Tom Bernard on Woody Allen and the State of Indie Film | Richard Porton | May 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If you really represented the country in its government, would you not get its partisanship in a quintessential form?A Preface to Politics | Walter Lippmann
He had a delicacy, when he chose to be delicate, which is quintessential, and a vigour which is thoroughly manly.A History of English Literature | George Saintsbury
Such pain, such pleasure, is the quintessential attenuated "matter" with which our soul clothes itself.The Complex Vision | John Cowper Powys
This good man Osborn, whom I have never seen or heard of before, seems to be quintessential of all that side.Boon, The Mind of the Race, The Wild Asses of the Devil, and The Last Trump; | Herbert George Wells
Does not this, indeed, form the very quintessential attribute of good government?
British Dictionary definitions for quintessential
most typically representative of a quality, state, etc; perfect
- quintessentially, adverb
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