[ kwin-tuh-sen-shuh l ]
/ ˌkwɪn təˈsɛn ʃəl /


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.

Words nearby quintessential

OTHER WORDS FROM quintessential

quin·tes·sen·tial·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for quintessential

/ (ˌkwɪntɪˈsɛnʃəl) /


most typically representative of a quality, state, etc; perfect

Derived forms of quintessential

quintessentially, adverb
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