exquisite Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective satellite intense or sharp
    • suffered exquisite pain
    • felt exquisite pleasure
  2. adjective satellite lavishly elegant and refined
  3. adjective satellite delicately beautiful
    • a dainty teacup
    • an exquisite cameo
  4. adjective satellite of extreme beauty
    • her exquisite face


Ex"qui*site adjective
L. exquisitus, p.p. of exquirere to search out; ex out + quarere to seek, search. See Quest.
  1. Carefully selected or sought out; hence, of distinguishing and surpassing quality; exceedingly nice; delightfully excellent; giving rare satisfaction; as, exquisite workmanship.
    Plate of rare device, and jewels Of reach and exquisite form. Shak.
    I have no exquisite reason for 't, but I have reason good enough. Shak.
  2. Exceeding; extreme; keen; -- used in a bad or a good sense; as, exquisite pain or pleasure.
  3. Of delicate perception or close and accurate discrimination; not easy to satisfy; exact; nice; fastidious; as, exquisite judgment, taste, or discernment.
    His books of Oriental languages, wherein he was exquisite. Fuller.
    Syn. -- Nice; delicate; exact; refined; choice; rare; matchless; consummate; perfect.
Ex"qui*site noun
  1. One who manifests an exquisite attention to external appearance; one who is overnice in dress or ornament; a fop; a dandy.

Webster 1913