recherche


recherche

adjective

  1. sought out with care.
  2. very rare, exotic, or choice; arcane; obscure.
  3. of studied refinement or elegance; precious; affected; pretentious.

adjective

  1. known only to connoisseurs; choice or rare
  2. studiedly refined or elegant
adj.

1722, from French recherché “carefully sought out,” past participle of rechercher “to seek out” (12c.), from re-, here perhaps suggesting repeated activity (see re-) + chercher “to search,” from Latin circare, in Late Latin “to wander hither and thither,” from circus “circle” (see circus). Commonly used 19c. of food, styles, etc., to denote obscure excellence.

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