from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Select character or quality.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being select.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The property of being select.


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  • It was in many ways an inspiration; it gave him zeal, a Puritan word much ridiculed by the Royalists; it gave refinement, distinction, selectness, elevation to his picture of the world.

    Henry A. Beers (1847-1926)

  • The Believers 'Rally, as will be understood, was a gathering of some selectness.

    Hilda A Story of Calcutta

  • All the mining exhibits -- in their selectness and profusion -- gave evidence of the inexhaustible wealth yet stored up for man's future uses notwithstanding the geological fact, that the earth's crust has no great profundity compared with its diameter.

    By Water to the Columbian Exposition

  • 'Select audience be hanged! it's this very selectness that is no selectness, that makes your English and a part of our American society a dreary bore,' broke in Caper; 'I've come up here in the mountains to be free, and if the Gonfaloniere bids me welcome to a palace where the

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2 No 4, October, 1862 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • As the Association took to itself a variety of industries; as it added shoemakers, carpenters and farmers to its original stock of intellectual workers, a change took place in the selectness of its society.

    Brook Farm

  • Sicilian, or Græco-Sicilian vases, though inferior in number and selectness to those of the Vatican, or Museo-Borbonico.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 56, No. 345, July, 1844

  • For this there were a number of reasons, but the paramount one was the fact that Mr. Lispenard was descended from one of the oldest houses among the Knickerbockers, and as such it was extremely difficult for him to become aware of any one not sprung with equal selectness.

    White Ashes

  • The "Hotel Soledad" asserted its selectness by the announcement: "En este hotel no se admiten compañías de cómicos ni toreros," but the solitude of its wooden-floored beds at least was distinctly broken and often.

    Tramping Through Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras — Being the Random Notes of an Incurable Vagabond

  • If there were a Cabell Club of membership determined solely by the number of those who, already possessing THE CORDS OF VANITY in its first edition, recognize it as the work of a serious artist of high achievement and higher capacity, I suspect that the smallness of that club would be in inordinate disproportion to everything but its selectness and its members 'pride in "belonging".

    The Cords of Vanity A Comedy of Shirking

  • The tradition of her selectness received a severe strain in the presence of such hordes of guests.

    We Can't Have Everything


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