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recherché

[ruh-shair-shey, ruh-shair-shey; French ruh-sher-shey]
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adjective
  1. sought out with care.
  2. very rare, exotic, or choice; arcane; obscure.
  3. of studied refinement or elegance; precious; affected; pretentious.
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Origin of recherché

1715–25; < French, past participle of rechercher to search for carefully; see research
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  • They were the best we had found any where, and the most 'recherche'.

    The Innocents Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • I do not know what 'recherche' is, but that is what these donkeys were, anyhow.

    The Innocents Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • We had now altogether lost sight of the Archipelago of the Recherche.

  • I have just returned from a polite and recherche party here.

    Remarks

    Bill Nye

  • Washington is the hot-bed of gayety, and general headquarters for the recherche business.

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    Bill Nye


British Dictionary definitions for recherche

recherché

adjective
  1. known only to connoisseurs; choice or rare
  2. studiedly refined or elegant
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Word Origin

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

adj.

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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