Definition of quintessential in English:

quintessential

Syllabification: quin·tes·sen·tial
Pronunciation: /ˌkwin(t)əˈsen(t)SHəl
 
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adjective

Representing the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class: he was the quintessential tough guy—strong, silent, and self-contained
More example sentences
  • Symbolically, his roles represented the quintessential dissident.
  • We shall consider each in turn and then discuss the quintessential example of the problem.
  • I suppose the waterfront dispute is the quintessential example, but that is only one amongst many.
Synonyms
typical, prototypical, stereotypical, archetypal, classic, model, standard, stock, representative, conventional; ideal, consummate, exemplary, definitive, best, ultimate

Derivatives

quintessentially

adverb
More example sentences
  • Thus, though something of a rebel in British academic society, he was also quintessentially British.
  • Although the alliance's cause is quintessentially British, it has attracted support from wealthy Anglophile foreigners.
  • But the film medium has always had difficulty in translating effects that are quintessentially literary.

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