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The most typical example of something. These days, it is used extensively to describe the most perfect example. As in, “David Bowie was the quintessential pop star”.
I like to use this to describe someone who said or wrote things that make great quotes. As in, “Oscar Wilde is eminently quotable”.
A word that has all but disappeared in everyday use. To drink heartily, especially alcohol. As in, “There goes Pete again, quaffing his red wine with gusto”.