Quintessential (adjective)

  1. Being the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class.
  2. Being the essence or most essential element of something.

Origin:

From the latin quinta essentia, literally meaning "fifth essence", from the aristotelian notion of the five elements (earth, air, fire, water, and ether) that make up all things.

Examples:

  1. He is the quintessential gentleman.
  2. The little black dress is the quintessential item in a woman's wardrobe.
  3. The Mona Lisa is the quintessential painting of the Renaissance.
  4. The book is the quintessential guide to the subject.
  5. The movie is the quintessential example of the genre.
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