essence Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "essence" - English Dictionary

See all translations

essencenoun

uk   us   /ˈes.əns/

essence noun (IMPORTANCE)

C2 [S or U] the basic or most important idea or quality of something: The essence of his argument was that education should continue throughout life. Yet change is the very essence of life.in essence C2 formal relating to the most important characteristics or ideas of something: In essence, both sides agree on the issue.be of the essence formal to be the most important thing: In any of these discussions, of course, honesty is of the essence. Time is of the essence.
More examples

essence noun (SMELL/TASTE)

[C or U] a strong liquid, usually from a plant or flower, that is used to add a flavour or smell to something: vanilla essence essence of violets
(Definition of essence from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of essence?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “essence” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
avatar

an image that represents you in online games, chat rooms, etc. and that you can move around the screen

Word of the Day

July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
by Liz Walter,
July 01, 2015
With America’s Independence Day on the 4th and France’s Bastille Day on the 14th, July certainly has a revolutionary theme, so this blog looks at words and phrases we use to talk about the dramatic and nation-changing events that these days celebrate. In particular, it focuses on one of the most important

Read More 

burger noun
burger noun
June 29, 2015
a menu on a computer screen comprising three short parallel horizontal lines which the user clicks to see options Definitely use a burger. You could put the settings in the burger menu too. Fix the settings to the bottom of the burger menu and use a vertically scrolling contact list that scrolls behind

Read More