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Definition of "finesse" []

  • Refinement and delicacy of performance, execution, or artisanship. (noun)
  • Skillful, subtle handling of a situation; tactful, diplomatic maneuvering. (noun)
  • A method of leading up to a tenace, as in bridge, in order to prevent an opponent from winning the trick with an intermediate card. (noun)
  • A stratagem in which one appears to decline an advantage. (noun)
  • To accomplish by the use of finesse. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "finesse" in a sentence
  • "Besides the multiple formations he devised, his run-first philosophy helped toughen a program that used to be damned with the label "finesse.""
  • "One face is very elegant and fine, close to Roman é e-Conti in finesse; the other side is more abrupt, monastic even."
  • "There's a certain finesse required for pulling off unforgettable sci-fi movies and I really hope Neil has it - I don't want a story with potential like this one becoming the next Jumper."