Definition of recherché in English:

recherché

adjective

  • Rare, exotic, or obscure.

    ‘a few linguistic terms are perhaps a bit recherché for the average readership’
    • ‘Empiricists deny this: they think that even the most recherché mathematical ideas can be derived from sensory experience by abstraction and idealization.’
    • ‘The evening will encompass the well-known as well as the recherché material of these writers, be they lyricists or musicians.’
    • ‘Though it was found recherché by his contemporaries, its expressive power came to be acknowledged, and its lyrical melody and richly varied textures to be given their due.’
    • ‘It is a simple, episodic tale - despite its intriguing, recherché information - which gives credit to children's capacity to learn anything.’
    • ‘Her first sortie into live comedy was a little too recherché for some audiences.’
    • ‘Why are Stella's precious, recherché creations nestling here, among the bog-standard sportsware, the hoodies, the baseball caps, the functional swimsuits, the sweat-pants?’
    • ‘For, though it may appear on the surface to be a specialist disc, of somewhat recherché material, it cannot fail to delight anyone who loves the sound of a cappella singing at its finest.’
    • ‘That is all well and good but constant repetition and even his most recherché songs become hackneyed.’
    • ‘Wagner's ingeniousness with plot is matched by his cleverness with the recherché literary conceits - little touches that you can't help admiring, like statues in a boxwood maze, even as you hurry past.’
    • ‘Apart from a few more recherché knots, there are three basic ways of knotting a tie nowadays: the Windsor (a deplorable invention), the Half-Windsor (ditto, without even the courage of its convictions) and the classic four-in-hand.’
    • ‘He wrote these in the Forties, when medieval music was even more of a recherché taste than it is now.’
    • ‘The language is literate without being recherché, and we are kept in steady involvement and suspense.’
    obscure, rare, esoteric, abstruse, arcane, recondite, little known
    exotic, strange, unusual, unfamiliar, out of the ordinary
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Origin

French, literally carefully sought out, past participle of rechercher.

Pronunciation:

recherché

/rəˈʃɛːʃeɪ/