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"quintessential" in British English

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quintessentialadjective

uk   us   /ˌkwɪn.tɪˈsen.ʃəl/ formal
quintessentially
adverb uk   us   /ˌkwɪn.tɪˈsen.ʃəl.i/
The ​painting is quintessentially British.
(Definition of quintessential from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"quintessential" in American English

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quintessentialadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˌkwɪn·təˈsen·ʃəl/
representing the most ​perfect or most ​typicalexample of something: a quintessential ​smalltown a quintessential ​athlete
quintessentially
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˌkwɪn·təˈsen·ʃə·li/
She is quintessentially American.
(Definition of quintessential from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “quintessential”
in Chinese (Simplified) 最典型的, 最本质的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 最典型的, 最本質的…
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