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recherché

[ ruh-shair-shey, ruh-shair-shey; French ruh-sher-shey ]
/ rəˈʃɛər ʃeɪ, rə ʃɛərˈʃeɪ; French rə ʃɛrˈʃeɪ /
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adjective
very rare, exotic, or choice; arcane; esoteric.
of studied refinement or elegance; precious; affected; pretentious.
sought out with care.
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Origin of recherché

First recorded in 1680–90; from French, past participle of rechercher “to search for carefully”; see research
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British Dictionary definitions for recherché

recherché
/ (rəˈʃɛəʃeɪ, French rəʃɛrʃe) /

adjective
known only to connoisseurs; choice or rare
studiedly refined or elegant

Word Origin for recherché

C18: from French: past participle of rechercher to make a thorough search for; see research
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