What does quintessence mean?

Definitions for quintessencekwɪnˈtɛs əns

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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(n.)

    The most characteristic form or most perfect example of some type of object.

  2. Origin: [F., fr. L. quinta essentia fifth essence. See Quint, and Essence.]


  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

  4. Origin: [F., fr. L. quinta essentia fifth essence. See Quint, and Essence.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quintessence

    kwin-tes′ens, n. the pure concentrated essence of anything, the most essential part of anything: the fifth essence, according to the Pythagoreans, beyond earth, water, fire, air.—adj. Quintessen′tial.—v.t. Quintessen′tialise. [Fr.,—L. quinta essentia, fifth essence, orig. applied to ether, supposed to be purer than fire, the highest of the four ancient elements.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quintessence in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quintessence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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