Definition of recherché in US English:



  • Rare, exotic, or obscure.

    ‘a few linguistic terms are perhaps a bit recherché for the average readership’
    • ‘The evening will encompass the well-known as well as the recherché material of these writers, be they lyricists or musicians.’
    • ‘It is a simple, episodic tale - despite its intriguing, recherché information - which gives credit to children's capacity to learn anything.’
    • ‘He wrote these in the Forties, when medieval music was even more of a recherché taste than it is now.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Empiricists deny this: they think that even the most recherché mathematical ideas can be derived from sensory experience by abstraction and idealization.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The language is literate without being recherché, and we are kept in steady involvement and suspense.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her first sortie into live comedy was a little too recherché for some audiences.’
    obscure, rare, esoteric, abstruse, arcane, recondite, little known
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French, literally ‘carefully sought out’, past participle of rechercher.