Definition of quintessential in English:

quintessential

adjective

  • Representing the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class.

    ‘he was the quintessential tough guy—strong, silent, and self-contained’
    • ‘They have been described as the quintessential English pop group, with a string of hits bemoaning late-teen angst.’
    • ‘Whatever his faults and many quirks, Monty is the quintessential team player.’
    • ‘I believe Antonio is the quintessential Montrealer because Montreal is a quirky city.’
    • ‘The first point that should be made about Collins is that he is the quintessential army man.’
    • ‘The quintessential banned record: its notoriety took it to number one.’
    • ‘Symbolically, his roles represented the quintessential dissident.’
    • ‘So any mandatory reading list for young women should include at least one quintessential guy book.’
    • ‘These comprise the quintessential sights and sounds of Maritime coastal communities.’
    • ‘The first movie, made in 1969, was the quintessential British caper film of the 1960s.’
    • ‘My visit to this restaurant represented the quintessential contemporary Irish dining experience.’
    • ‘He is the quintessential storyteller, who likes to write his tale and have it read.’
    • ‘We shall consider each in turn and then discuss the quintessential example of the problem.’
    • ‘I suppose the waterfront dispute is the quintessential example, but that is only one amongst many.’
    • ‘It is also the ideal place to go for a quintessential English-style tea.’
    • ‘With knock-knees and pigeon toes, he was not your quintessential runner, but he trained like a demon.’
    • ‘He is the quintessential tragic music teacher, wild hair and too many kittens.’
    • ‘John properly described Bill as the quintessential English gentleman and he will be much missed by everyone.’
    typical, prototypical, stereotypical, archetypal, classic, model, essential, standard, stock, representative, true to type, conventional
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Pronunciation

quintessential

/ˌkwɪntɪˈsɛnʃ(ə)l/