Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

Friday word: Finesse

Finesse (n):

1: refinement or delicacy of workmanship, structure, or texture
2: skillful handling of a situation : adroit maneuvering
3: the withholding of one's highest card or trump in the hope that a lower card will take the trick because the only opposing higher card is in the hand of an opponent who has already played


  1. She handled the interview questions with finesse.

  2. <maneuvered his opponent into checkmate with his customary finesse>

Middle English, from Middle French, from fin, fine

First Known Use: 1528
Tags: f, french, noun, wordsmith: med_cat

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