Definitions for exquisiteɪkˈskwɪz ɪt, ˈɛk skwɪ zɪt; ˈɛk skwɪ zɪt; ɪkˈskwɪz ɪt

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word exquisite

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•quis•ite*ɪkˈskwɪz ɪt, ˈɛk skwɪ zɪt; ˈɛk skwɪ zɪt; ɪkˈskwɪz ɪt(adj.)

  1. of special beauty or charm or rare and appealing excellence:

    exquisite flowers.

  2. extraordinarily fine:

    exquisite weather.

  3. intense; acute:

    exquisite pain.

  4. of rare excellence of execution:

    exquisite jewelry.

  5. keenly or delicately sensitive or responsive:

    an exquisite ear for music.

  6. of particular refinement or elegance:

    exquisite manners.

  7. carefully sought out, chosen, or made:

    exquisite distinctions.

  8. (n.)a person of fastidious standards in dress and grooming; dandy.

* Syn: See delicate.Pron: The pronunciation of exquisite has undergone a rapid change fromtoWhile the newer pronunciation is criticized by some, it is now more common in both the U.S. and England, and many younger educated speakers are not even aware of the older one. See also harass.

Origin of exquisite:

1400–50; late ME < L exquīsītus meticulous, chosen with care, orig. ptp. of exquīrere to ask about, examine =ex-ex -1+-quīrere, comb. form of quaerere to seek


Princeton's WordNet

  1. exquisite, keen(adj)

    intense or sharp

    "suffered exquisite pain"; "felt exquisite pleasure"

  2. exquisite, recherche(adj)

    lavishly elegant and refined

  3. dainty, exquisite(adj)

    delicately beautiful

    "a dainty teacup"; "an exquisite cameo"

  4. exquisite(adj)

    of extreme beauty

    "her exquisite face"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. exquisite(adjective)ɪkˈskwɪz ɪt, ˈɛk skwɪ zɪt

    very beautiful

    her exquisite singing voice


  1. exquisite(Noun)

    Fop, dandy.

  2. exquisite(Adjective)

    Especially fine or pleasing; exceptional.

    They sell good coffee and pastries, but their chocolate is exquisite.

  3. exquisite(Adjective)

    Carefully adjusted; precise; accurate; exact.

  4. exquisite(Adjective)

    Recherchu00E9; far-fetched; abstruse.

  5. exquisite(Adjective)

    Of special beauty or rare excellence.

  6. Origin: From exquisitus, perfect passive participle of exquiro.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exquisite(adj)

    carefully selected or sought out; hence, of distinguishing and surpassing quality; exceedingly nice; delightfully excellent; giving rare satisfaction; as, exquisite workmanship

  2. Exquisite(adj)

    exceeding; extreme; keen; -- used in a bad or a good sense; as, exquisite pain or pleasure

  3. Exquisite(adj)

    of delicate perception or close and accurate discrimination; not easy to satisfy; exact; nice; fastidious; as, exquisite judgment, taste, or discernment

  4. Exquisite(noun)

    one who manifests an exquisite attention to external appearance; one who is overnice in dress or ornament; a fop; a dandy

Translations for exquisite

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


very beautiful or skilful

exquisite embroidery.

Get even more translations for exquisite »


Find a translation for the exquisite definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these exquisite definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"exquisite." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 28 Nov. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for exquisite?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for exquisite: