Characterized by intricate and beautiful design or execution: an exquisite chalice. Of such beauty or delicacy as to arouse intense delight: an exquisite sunset. See Synonyms at delicate. Excellent; flawless: plays the piano with exquisite technique. Acutely perceptive or discriminating: "Blind dolphins have been known to survive in the wild, guided by exquisite acoustic images of their prey\u201d ( Kenneth Browser). Intense; keen: suffered exquisite pain. Obsolete Ingeniously devised or thought out. One who is excessively fastidious in dress, manners, or taste.