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.

Usage Examples:

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)

Want to Learn More Words Like quintessential?
Discover How You Can Improve Your
Vocabulary 10 to 100 Times Faster with
the Power Vocabulary Builder

Dear Friend,

The definition and lessons for the word quintessential were made available by the Power Vocabulary Builder.

The Power Vocabulary Builder will help you develop a fuller, richer vocabulary 10 to 100 times faster than any other program available.

Visit the the Power Vocabulary Builder site right now to discover how you can get full access to this breakthrough program today!

What's your vocabulary level?
Power Vocabulary Builder
FREE E-mail Course!

Drop your details in the boxes below to receive a FREE vocabulary course: