Definition of quintessential in English:


Line breaks: quint|es¦sen¦tial
Pronunciation: /ˌkwɪntɪˈsɛnʃ(ə)l


Representing the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class: he was the quintessential tough guy—strong, silent, and self-contained
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  • 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.
typical, prototypical, stereotypical, archetypal, classic, model, essential, standard, stock, representative, true to type, conventional;
ideal, consummate, exemplary, best, ultimate, supreme, absolute



[as submodifier]: a quintessentially British drink
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  • 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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