Definition of exquisite adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪkˈskwɪzɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈskwɪzɪt//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈekskwɪzɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈekskwɪzɪt//
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  1. 1extremely beautiful or carefully made exquisite craftsmanship Her wedding dress was absolutely exquisite.
  2. 2(formal) (of a feeling) strongly felt synonym acute exquisite pain/pleasure
  3. 3(formal) delicate and sensitive The room was decorated in exquisite taste. an exquisite sense of timing
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘precise’): from Latin exquisit- ‘sought out’, from the verb exquirere, from ex- ‘out’ + quaerere ‘seek’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: exquisite