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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

quin•tes•sencekwɪnˈtɛs əns(n.)

  1. the pure and concentrated essence of a substance.

  2. the most perfect embodiment of something.

  3. (in ancient and medieval philosophy) the fifth essence or element, ether, supposed to be with air, fire, earth, and water the constituent matter of the heavenly bodies.

    Category: Philosphy

Origin of quintessence:

1400–50; ME < ML quīnta essentia fifth essence


Princeton's WordNet

  1. quintessence, ether(noun)

    the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies

  2. quintessence(noun)

    the purest and most concentrated essence of something

  3. quintessence(noun)

    the most typical example or representative of a type


  1. quintessence(Noun)

    A thing that is the most perfect example of its type; the most perfect embodiment of something.

  2. quintessence(Noun)

    A pure substance.

  3. quintessence(Noun)

    The essence in a thing that in its purest and most concentrated form.

  4. quintessence(Noun)

    The fifth alchemical element, or essence, after earth, air, fire, and water

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quintessence(noun)

    the fifth or last and highest essence or power in a natural body. See Ferment oils, under Ferment

  2. Quintessence(noun)

    hence: An extract from anything, containing its rarest virtue, or most subtle and essential constituent in a small quantity; pure or concentrated essence

  3. Quintessence(verb)

    to distil or extract as a quintessence; to reduce to a quintessence


  1. Quintessence

    Quintessence was a rock band formed in April 1969 in Notting Hill, London, England. The style was a mixture of jazz, psychedelic rock and progressive rock with an influence of music from India. Quintessence was among the first true progressive rock outfits signed by Island Records.


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