from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Uncommon; rare.
  • adj. Exquisite; choice.
  • adj. Overrefined; forced.
  • adj. Pretentious; overblown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Sought out with care; choice. Hence: of rare quality, elegance, or attractiveness; peculiar and refined in kind — especially with an artificial or pretentious effect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sought out with care; choice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Much sought after; hence, out of the common; rare; dainty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lavishly elegant and refined


French, past participle of rechercher, to research, from Old French recercher; see research.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French recherché, more at French rechercher. (Wiktionary)


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