[ ruh-shair-shey, ruh-shair-shey; French ruh-sher-shey ]
/ rəˈʃɛər ʃeɪ, rə ʃɛərˈʃeɪ; French rə ʃɛrˈʃeɪ /


sought out with care.
very rare, exotic, or choice; arcane; obscure.
of studied refinement or elegance; precious; affected; pretentious.

Origin of recherché

1715–25; < French, past participle of rechercher to search for carefully; see research Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for recherche


/ (rəˈʃɛəʃeɪ, French rəʃɛrʃe) /


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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