What is the meaning of 'quintessential'?
"Quintessential" is an adjective that describes the perfect example of a particular type, The quintessential quarterback would be one who has all of the traits and qualities those who are knowledgeable about football would expect from a quarterback. There are quintessential villains and heroes. It could be that "quintessential" is generally used to describe people, but that may not be necessarily true.
One definition explains the qualifier as the best, the most perfect example. A quintessential film may be one that in some way, meets the definition of 'the best' or the 'most perfect example'. The name of the film(s) will be completely subjective, since there is no quantifiable way to name 'the' quintessential film.
Something that is quintessential is representative of everything in its field, or contains elements common to all. In the case of Charles Dickens, his books are quintessential because the characters and the themes are those that all types of people can relate to. They are the essence of story telling because they have such a strong commonality and speak to so many people.
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