Definition of quintessence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    quintessence

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//kwɪnˈtesns//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kwɪnˈtesns//
     
    [singular]the quintessence of something(formal)
     
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  1. 1the perfect example of something It was the quintessence of an English manor house.
  2. 2the most important features of something synonym essence a painting that captures the quintessence of Viennese elegance
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (as a term in philosophy): via French from medieval Latin quinta essentia ‘fifth essence’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: quintessence