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finesse

See also: Finesse

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

[circa 1520] From Middle French finesse, from Old French fin (fine).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

finesse (countable and uncountable, plural finesses)

  1. (uncountable) The property of having grace, elegance, skill, or balance.
  2. (uncountable) Skill in handling of a situation.
  3. (countable) An adroit maneuver.
  4. (countable, bridge) A technique which allows one to promote tricks based on a favorable position of one or more cards in the hands of the opponent.

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VerbEdit

finesse (third-person singular simple present finesses, present participle finessing, simple past and past participle finessed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, card games) To play (a card) as a finesse (see noun sense above).
  2. (transitive) To handle or manage carefully or skillfully.
  3. (transitive) To evade.

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FrenchEdit

NounEdit

finesse f (plural finesses)

  1. fineness (of hair, writing etc.)
  2. thinness
  3. keenness, sharpness (of blade)
  4. fineness, delicacy; slenderness
  5. perceptiveness; sensitivity, finesse

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