adjective being a perfect example of a particular type of person or thing: `Guys and Dolls' is the quintessential American musical. — quintessentially adverb

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  • Quintessential — Quin tes*sen tial, a. Of the nature of a quintessence; purest; most characteristic. Quintessential extract of mediocrity. G. Eliot. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quintessential — index best Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • quintessential — (adj.) c.1600, from QUINTESSENCE (Cf. quintessence) (M.L. quint essentia) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Related: Quintessentially …   Etymology dictionary

  • quintessential — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ representing the most perfect or typical example. DERIVATIVES quintessentially adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • quintessential — [[t]kwɪ̱ntɪse̱nʃ(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Quintessential means representing a perfect or typical example of something. [FORMAL] This was quintessential Midwestern farming country... Everybody thinks of him as the quintessential New… …   English dictionary

  • quintessential — quin·tes·sen·tial (kwĭn tə sĕnʹshəl) adj. Of, relating to, or having the nature of a quintessence; being the most typical: “Liszt was the quintessential romantic” (Musical Heritage Review).   quin tes·senʹtial·ly adv. * * * …   Universalium

  • quintessential — adj. Quintessential is used with these nouns: ↑example …   Collocations dictionary

  • quintessential — quin|tes|sen|tial [ˌkwıntıˈsenʃəl] adj being a perfect example of a particular type of person or thing = ↑typical ▪ Guys and Dolls is the quintessential American musical. >quintessentially adv ▪ a place that is quintessentially English …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • quintessential — adjective see quintessence …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • quintessential — adjective /ˈkwɪntˌɪi.sɛn.ʃəl,ˈkwɪnt.ɪ.sɛn.ʃəl/ Of the nature of a quintessence (in all senses); ultimate …   Wiktionary

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