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English definition of “quintessential”

quintessential

adjective uk   /ˌkwɪn.tɪˈsen.ʃəl/ formal us  
being the most typical example or most important part of something: Sheep's milk cheese is the quintessential Corsican cheese.
quintessentially
adverb uk   /ˌkwɪn.tɪˈsen.ʃəl.i/ us  
The painting is quintessentially British.
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