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

quintessential

/ˌkwɪn(t)əˈsɛn(t)ʃəl//ˌkwin(t)əˈsen(t)SHəl/