- 1 the perfect example of something It was the quintessence of a Cape Cod beach house.
- 2the most important features of something synonym essence a painting that captures the quintessence of Viennese elegance
NAmE//kwɪnˈtɛsns//[singular] the quintessence of something (formal)
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NAmE//ˌkwɪntəˈsɛnʃl//adjective He was the quintessential tough guy.
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NAmE//ˌkwɪntəˈsɛnʃəli//adverb a sense of humor that is quintessentially British