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



BrE BrE//kweɪnt//
; NAmE NAmE//kweɪnt//
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attractive in an unusual or old-fashioned way quaint old customs a quaint seaside village Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French cointe, from Latin cognitus ‘ascertained’, past participle of cognoscere. The original sense was ‘wise, clever’, also ‘ingenious, cunningly devised’, hence ‘out of the ordinary’ and the current sense (late 18th cent.).Extra examples The village looks rather quaint. a quaint little town well worth a visit Why not stay a night in this quaint seaside village?
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