WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ex•quis•ite /ɪkˈskwɪzɪt, ˈɛkskwɪzɪt/USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. of special beauty and appealing excellence:an exquisite statuette.
  2. intense;
    acute: exquisite pain.
  3. keenly sensitive or responsive: She had an exquisite ear for music.
  4. of particular refinement or elegance: exquisite manners.
ex•quis•ite•ness,n. [uncountable]See -quis-.

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exquisite /ɪkˈskwɪzɪt; ˈɛkskwɪzɪt/ adj
  1. possessing qualities of unusual delicacy and fine craftsmanship
  2. extremely beautiful and pleasing
  3. outstanding or excellent
  4. sensitive; discriminating
  5. fastidious and refined
  6. intense or sharp in feeling
  1. obsolete a dandy
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin exquīsītus excellent, from exquīrere to search out, from quaerere to seek

exˈquisitely adv exˈquisiteness n

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