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 Dictionary entry overview: What does exquisite mean? 

EXQUISITE (adjective)
  The adjective EXQUISITE has 4 senses:

1. intense or sharp
2. lavishly elegant and refined
3. delicately beautiful
4. of extreme beauty

  Familiarity information: EXQUISITE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

EXQUISITE (adjective)

Sense 1exquisite [BACK TO TOP]


Intense or sharp


exquisite; keen

Context examples:

suffered exquisite pain / felt exquisite pleasure


intense (in an extreme degree)

Sense 2exquisite [BACK TO TOP]


Lavishly elegant and refined


recherche; exquisite


elegant (refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style)

Sense 3exquisite [BACK TO TOP]


Delicately beautiful


dainty; exquisite

Context examples:

a dainty teacup / an exquisite cameo


delicate (exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury)

Sense 4exquisite [BACK TO TOP]


Of extreme beauty

Context example:

her exquisite face


beautiful (delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration)

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