V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1.representing the perfect example of a class or quality; 2. the essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form
Synonyms: fundamental, basic, ultimate, essential, typical, perfect
Tips: When something typifies a perfect experience, it is said to be quintessential. Quintessential can also describe a person who is the perfect example of something, like a salesperson or athlete, but the adjective consummate may be a better choice in this context. The noun quintessence refers to the most typical or perfect representation of something.
Sitting at a sidewalk café with a view of the Eiffel Tower is a quintessential Parisian experience. (ultimate, essential, typical)
It was a quintessential Italian meal: his Italian mom served us five courses and insisted we eat every bite. (typical, classic)
He is the quintessential salesman, always talking about his product and trying to make the sale. (perfect, ultimate)
This Christmas, I don't want to have the quintessential holiday party; I'd like to do something more original. (basic, typical)
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