Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
Advanced Dictionary    
Display options
 
Lookup History
quintessence

quin·tes·sence

quintessence

 
 
pronunciation:
kwIn te sns
features:
Word Combinations (noun), Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: that which most perfectly describes or typifies something; essence.
The moment of her child's birth constituted for her the quintessence of happiness.To him, the actresses of the forties were the quintessence of glamor.
synonyms:
essence, soul, spirit
similar words:
apotheosis, sum
definition 2: a concentrated and purified form of something.
The lotion contains the quintessence of lavender.
synonyms:
essence, extract
definition 3: the element of which the heavens were composed, according to the ancient Greek and medieval philosophers.
Word CombinationsSubscriber feature About this feature
derivations: quintessential (adj.), quintessentially (adv.)
Word PartsSubscriber feature About this feature