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Definition of quintessence noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    quintessence

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