exquisite vs recherche what difference

what is difference between exquisite and recherche

English

Etymology

From Latin exquīsītus, perfect passive participle of exquīrō (seek out).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪkˈskwɪzɪt/, /ˈɛkskwɪzɪt/

Adjective

exquisite (comparative more exquisite, superlative most exquisite)

  1. Especially fine or pleasing; exceptional.
    • Selwyn, sitting up rumpled and cross-legged on the floor, after having boloed Drina to everybody’s exquisite satisfaction, looked around at the sudden rustle of skirts to catch a glimpse of a vanishing figure—a glimmer of ruddy hair and the white curve of a youthful face, half-buried in a muff.
  2. (obsolete) Carefully adjusted; precise; accurate; exact.
  3. Recherché; far-fetched; abstruse.
  4. Of special beauty or rare excellence.
  5. Exceeding; extreme; keen, in a bad or a good sense.
  6. Of delicate perception or close and accurate discrimination; not easy to satisfy; exact; fastidious.
    • his books of Oriental languages, wherein he was exquisite

Synonyms

  • beautiful, delicate, discriminating, perfect

Translations

Noun

exquisite (plural exquisites)

  1. (rare) Fop, dandy. [from early 20th c.]
    • 1849, Alexander Mackay, The western world; or, travels in the United States in 1846-87 (page 93)
      It is impossible to meet with a more finished coxcomb than a Broadway exquisite, or a “Broadway swell,” which is the designation attached to him on the spot.
    • 1925, P. G. Wodehouse, Sam the Sudden, Random House, London:2007, p. 42.
      So striking was his appearance that two exquisites, emerging from the Savoy Hotel and pausing on the pavement to wait for a vacant taxi, eyed him with pained disapproval as he approached, and then, starting, stared in amazement.

      ‘Good Lord!’ said the first exquisite.

Translations


German

Pronunciation

Adjective

exquisite

  1. inflection of exquisit:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

Latin

Participle

exquīsīte

  1. vocative masculine singular of exquīsītus

References

  • exquisite in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers


English

Alternative forms

  • recherché

Etymology

From French recherché. Doublet of ricercata.

Adjective

recherche (comparative more recherche, superlative most recherche)

  1. Exquisite; lavishly elegant and refined.
  2. Exotic or obscure.

Dutch

Etymology

Borrowed from Middle French recherche.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /rəˈʃɛr.ʒə/, /ˌreːˈʃɛr.ʒə/
  • Hyphenation: re‧cher‧che
  • Rhymes: -ɛrʒə

Noun

recherche f (uncountable)

  1. criminal-investigation unit or department of a police force
  2. criminal investigation, detective work
  3. (obsolete) research

Derived terms

  • rechercheur

Related terms

  • research

Descendants

  • Indonesian: reserse (criminal investigator)
  • Papiamentu: reshèrsh, reshèrshi, reshèrshe, reshèrzje
  • West Frisian: resjerzje

French

Etymology

Deverbal of rechercher (to research).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʁə.ʃɛʁʃ/
  • Homophones: recherchent, recherches
  • Hyphenation: re‧cherche

Noun

recherche f (plural recherches)

  1. research
  2. search

Derived terms

  • avis de recherche
  • barre de recherche
  • moteur de recherche

Descendants

  • Czech: rešerše
  • German: Recherche

Verb

recherche

  1. first-person singular present indicative of rechercher
  2. third-person singular present indicative of rechercher
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of rechercher
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of rechercher
  5. second-person singular imperative of rechercher

Further reading

  • “recherche” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

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