from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by intricate and beautiful design or execution: an exquisite chalice.
- adj. Of such beauty or delicacy as to arouse intense delight: an exquisite sunset. See Synonyms at delicate.
- adj. Excellent; flawless: plays the piano with exquisite technique.
- adj. Acutely perceptive or discriminating: "Blind dolphins have been known to survive in the wild, guided by exquisite acoustic images of their prey” ( Kenneth Browser).
- adj. Intense; keen: suffered exquisite pain.
- adj. Obsolete Ingeniously devised or thought out.
- n. One who is excessively fastidious in dress, manners, or taste.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Especially fine or pleasing; exceptional.
- adj. Carefully adjusted; precise; accurate; exact.
- adj. Recherché; far-fetched; abstruse.
- adj. Of special beauty or rare excellence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Carefully selected or sought out; hence, of distinguishing and surpassing quality; exceedingly nice; delightfully excellent; giving rare satisfaction.
- adj. Exceeding; extreme; keen; -- used in a bad or a good sense.
- adj. Of delicate perception or close and accurate discrimination; not easy to satisfy; exact; nice; fastidious.
- n. One who manifests an exquisite attention to external appearance; one who is overnice in dress or ornament; a fop; a dandy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Exceedingly choice, elegant, fine, or dainty; very delightful, especially from delicacy of beauty or perfection of any kind: as, a vase of exquisite workmanship; an exquisite miniature; exquisite lace.
- Very accurate, delicate, or nice in action or function; especially, of keen or delicate perception or discrimination; delicately discriminating: as, exquisite taste, etc.
- Giving or susceptible of pleasure or pain in the highest degree; intense; keen; poignant: as, exquisite joy or torture; an exquisite sensibility.
- Curious; careful.
- Skilful; cunning; consummate.
- Recondite; deep. Sir T. Elyot, The Governour, i. 10.
- n. A superfine gentleman; a dandy; a fop; a coxcomb.
- n. Synonyms Fop, Dandy, etc. See coxcomb.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. delicately beautiful
- adj. lavishly elegant and refined
- adj. of extreme beauty
- adj. intense or sharp
Middle English exquisit, carefully chosen, from Latin exquīsītus, past participle of exquīrere, to search out : ex-, ex- + quaerere, to seek.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin exquīsītus, perfect passive participle of exquīrō ("seek out"). (Wiktionary)