[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. rechabite,
  2. rechar,
  3. recharge,
  4. rechargeable,
  5. recherche,
  6. recidivate,
  7. recidivism,
  8. recidivist,
  9. recife,
  10. recip.

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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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.

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