- 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
They were the best we had found any where, and the most 'recherche'.
I do not know what 'recherche' is, but that is what these donkeys were, anyhow.
We had now altogether lost sight of the Archipelago of the Recherche.A Voyage to Terra Australis
I have just returned from a polite and recherche party here.
Washington is the hot-bed of gayety, and general headquarters for the recherche business.
- 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.