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[kwin-tuh-sen-shuh l] /ˌkwɪn təˈsɛn ʃəl/

of the pure and essential essence of something:
the quintessential Jewish delicatessen.
of or relating to the most perfect embodiment of something:
the quintessential performance of the Brandenburg Concertos.
most typically representative of a quality, state, etc; perfect

c.1600, “purest, most refined,” from quintessence (Medieval Latin quint essentia) + -al (1). Related: Quintessentially.


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