ETYM Old Eng. queint, queynte, coint, prudent, wise, cunning, pretty, odd, Old Fren. cointe cultivated, amiable, agreeable, neat, from Latin cognitus known, p. p. of cognoscere to know; con + noscere (for gnoscere) to know. Related to Know, Acquaint, Cognition.
1. Strange in an interesting or pleasing way.
2. Very strange or unusual; odd or even incongruous in character or appearance.
1. Recurring only at long intervals
2. Not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness
3. Not widely distributed
4. Marked by an uncommon quality; especially superlative or extreme of its kind; SYN. uncommon, unusual, precious.
5. Having low density; SYN. rarefied, rarified.
6. (Of meat) Cooked a short time; still red inside